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    School Meals for the 2022-2023 School Year

    The current USDA waiver that has allowed school districts nationwide to provide breakfasts and lunches free of charge to all students is set to expire at the end of June. This means that for the 2022-2023 school year we will be transitioning back to regular prices for school meals. Students/families can still qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Our 2022-23 Free and Reduced Applications will be available to families in early August. This is an annual process to qualify. We realize that paying for or qualifying for free or reduced-priced meals will be a big shift for all of our families and students so we want you to be aware. It has been a great benefit to provide meals at no charge all year long and during the pandemic. We are currently serving 75% of the district enrollment every day (this is almost double to our historical output). 

     

    • Will there be meals "free/no charge" for all students for the 2022-23 school year?
      • Unfortunately, no. USDA provided short-term COVID-19 school meal waivers for school districts nationwide, allowing all students to access breakfast and lunch at no charge during the pandemic. These waivers and additional funding are no longer available and will not extend past June 2022. School districts must revert to paid lunches and we will also offer continued meal benefits to free and reduced students based on annual eligibility.

     

    • How much will meals cost if my student does not have meal benefits?
      • Current meal prices are: 
        • Paid Elementary: $3.00 for lunch and $1.75 for breakfast
        • Paid Secondary (Middle, CAV and LSHS): $3.25 for lunch and $1.75 for breakfast
        • Free and Reduced Eligible students: $0.00 for breakfast and lunch
        • Adult Meals: $4.50 for lunch and $2.75 for breakfast
          • Adult meal purchases will be back this fall too! 

     

    • How do I know if my family/student will qualify for free or reduced-priced meals?
      • Any family can apply for free or reduced-priced meals starting August 2022. 
      • The Food & Nutrition Services Office would be happy to answer any questions you have about the application process.
      • Please contact foodservices@lkstevens.wednet.edu, visit our website, or call 425-335-1561 for more information. 
      • Please see the income guidelines below.

     

    • What does it mean to be free or reduced-priced eligible next year?
      • After applying, students that are determined to be free or reduced-price eligible based on the USDA’s income guidelines will have access to FREE breakfasts and lunches all school year.
        • Free and Reduced Eligible students: $0.00 for breakfast and lunch
        • Due to recent state funding, the eligible copay has been eliminated and reduced-price students can also receive breakfasts and lunches at no charge. 
      • We want to encourage any family to apply to receive these great benefits if you think your household will qualify.

     

    • What are the USDA Income Guidelines to know if our household will qualify for Free or Reduced Priced meals?  
      • Please review these income and household guidelines if you are thinking of applying.
      • 2022-23 Income Guidelines - Effective July 1, 2022