During the pandemic, Congress authorized the federal Department of Agriculture to grant waivers which allowed all K-12 students, rather than only those eligible for free and reduced-price meals, to get free school breakfast and lunch no matter their family’s income from March 2020 through the 2021-22 school year.
Those waivers are set to expire on June 30. Beginning with the 2022-2023 school year, families must qualify for free and reduced meals based on income guidelines and MUST submit an application.
Families who meet the income eligibility criteria may apply online at www.schoolcafe.com or by obtaining a paper application at their child’s school so they will be eligible for meals in the 2022-2023 school year. Families are encouraged to submit applications even now, as that application would carry over until September 30, 2022 and give you a grace period. Note: You will have to reapply after July 1 to be eligible after September 30. If you have any questions, please contact Holly Hartman at [email protected] or by calling 724-463-8713 at extension 3101.