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USDA Free Meals Waiver Expires, Apply for Free/Reduced Status

The USDA’s free meals waiver for public school food service programs, which provided free daily breakfast and lunch to all students (regardless of financial qualification) for the last two years, expired on June 30, 2022.

As a result, families who may qualify for free and reduced meals based on income or other qualifying factors will need to complete the meal benefits application at for the upcoming school year.

Regardless of previous qualification, the meal benefits application much be completed on an annual basis. Only students who qualified for free/reduced meal benefits prior to the USDA waiver will continue receiving benefits through Sept. 15, 2022, after which a new application will need to be on file to continue receiving free/reduced meal prices. 

Please note that Lakota began accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year beginning July 11, 2022. Any applications submitted before this date will not be accepted.

View more details about free/reduced meal applications on the Child Nutrition website.

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