Congress did not extend federal school meal waivers; this means that school meals will no longer be available to ALL students free of charge effective at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. Households may complete an Application for Free or Reduced Price School Meals now with enclosed forms at https://schoolmealsapp.ksde.org/Home/welcome/D0251 or during the 2022-2023 enrollment process. If you have already received notification that your family is eligible for free or reduced price meals for the 2022-2023 school year no further action is needed. Only students with approved applications will receive free or reduced price meals for the 2022-2023 school year. Families who do not qualify for free meals will be responsible for paying for their child(ren)'s meals at reduced or paid rates.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will school meals be free of charge for ALL students in school year (SY) 2022-23?
A: Congress did not extend school meal waivers and school meals will no longer be available to ALL students free of charge. Students that do not qualify for free meals will be charged for each meal they take at the beginning of SY 2022-2023.
Q: How can households apply for free or reduced price meal benefits for SY 2022-23?
A: Households can qualify for free and reduced price meals by filling out an application at enrollment, online or using included form and returning to the District Office at 614 Main St Americus, KS 66835.
Q: Is there a way for households to apply online for free and reduced price meal benefits?
A: Yes. https://schoolmealsapp.ksde.org/Home/welcome/D0251
Q: When will households start being charged for meals? A: Beginning SY 2022-2023, students who do not qualify for free meals