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Free and Reduced Meals

Did you know that you can apply for free and reduced meals at any time through-out the school year? If you were not eligible at the start of the year, but have had a change of income from events such as being laid off, the free and reduced program can help out.

Not only does this program help families make ends meet, it is also beneficial for the school. Many grants give preference to schools with a higher percentage of students on the free and reduced lunch program. The higher the percentage, the more funds that can be available for the district.  

Free and Reduced Meals - How It Works
Students on the free or reduced lunch program are eligible to receive one lunch and one breakfast at the free or reduced price. Each meal must consist of three items from different food groups to qualify.

BREAKFAST: 1/2 cup of a fruit is now required for a meal. Students must take 3 of 4 offered food groups:

  • milk
  • fruits/vegetables
  • grains/bread
  • meat/meat alternative

LUNCH: students must take 3 of 5 offered food groups. As required by the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, students are required to take at least 1/2 cup of a fruit or vegetable. The 5 food groups are:

  • milk
  • fruits
  • grains/bread
  • vegetables
  • meat/meat alternative

If what is on the tray does not qualify as a meal, the items will be charged at a la carte prices - you will NOT receive the free/reduced benefit. Extra servings are not included in the free/reduced program and will be charged at regular prices. These rules are set by the USDA as part of the National School Lunch Program.

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Southeast Warren School Community District

16331 TYLER ST


(641) 466-3525


Our Mission... The Southeast Warren Community School District will develop life-long learners and responsible citizens. Our Vision... Success for All
Non-Discrimination Notice It is the policy of the Southeast Warren Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Shelley Mitzelfelt, Equity Coordinator, 16331 Tyler Street, P.O. Box 19, Liberty Center, IA 50145, 641-466-3510,   Grievance Procedure Link  

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