Programs

School districts in northwest Arkansas encourage reduced meal programs

Reduced and free school lunch programs will return this school year to the way they operated before the COVID-19 pandemic. “Last year when the free program was there, they just came to school and they ate and it was all free,” said Fayetteville Public Schools Child Nutrition Director Amy Jefferson. For two years, public school students received free breakfast and lunch. After the federal program ended on June 30, families in need will now have to apply for reduced school meals. “I think the biggest challenge will be that parents won’t have to fill out a free or reduced form in two years,” Jefferson said. said. Each school district provides a form to fill out to request discounted meal prices. “We encourage all of our families to review the form, fill it out and see if they are eligible for the free and reduced lunch,” said Springdale Public Schools Director of Communications Trent Jones. In order to qualify, the maximum annual salary for each time household size increases, $8,732 is added to the maximum salary. “The most important thing our families understand is that this is there for them. This service is there for them,” Jones said.

Reduced and free school lunch programs will return this school year to the way they operated before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Last year when the free program was there, they just came to school and they just ate and it was all free,” said Amy Jefferson, director of child nutrition for Fayetteville Public Schools.

For two years, public school students received free breakfast and lunch.

After the federal program ends on June 30, families in need will now have to apply for reduced school meals.

“I think the biggest challenge will be that parents won’t have to fill out a free or reduced form in two years,” Jefferson said.

Each school district provides a form to fill out to request discounted meal prices.

“We encourage all of our families to review the form, fill it out and see if they are eligible for the free and reduced lunch,” said Springdale Public Schools Director of Communications Trent Jones.

For to qualifythe maximum annual salary for a one-person household is $25,142.

Each time the household size increases, $8,732 is added to the maximum wage.

“The most important thing our families understand is that it’s there for them. This service is there for them,” Jones said.