Free & Reduced Meal Program

  • Free or Reduced Price Meals Students from families whose income is at or below the level shown on the income guidelines below may be eligible for either free or reduced price meals. Reduced price meals are 40 cents per lunch or 30 cents per breakfast. All students are treated the same, regardless of ability to pay. In the operation of the school lunch programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age or handicap. To apply for free or reduced price meals at any time, complete the application obtained from the school office and return it to the principal. You may also obtain an application at the District Food and Nutrition Services Office, 1200 Eastwood Road . If you have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, you may choose to download and print out the form from a Web-connected computer.

     

    When you fill out the application, you are required to provide: 
    • Name of all household members 
    • Total monthly income received by each household member
    • Signature and social security number of an adult household member
     

    From Harrisonville Schools
    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    We wanted to provide you with some information about our school meal program. Once again, this year, school meals will be FREE for all students based on the extension of Child Nutrition Response #85 Nationwide Waiver to Allow the Seamless Summer Option through School Year 2021-2022.

    We do want to note that getting a second meal or any a la carte items will still be a charge to your student’s meal account.  Meal prices will be set by the Board of Education at the July meeting and will be available on the district website.

    Even though meals are free, we want to encourage families to complete the National Free and Reduced Meal Program application as the benefits to the program extend beyond free or reduced price meals. These opportunities include…

    • Discounted Chromebook insurance for middle and high school students
    • Discounted fees for testing include the ACT, SAT, and AP exams
    • Scholarship assistance
    • Federal funding for all students based on district’s Free & Reduced (F/R) meal count
    • Discounts for some field trips based on school F/R percentage

     

    Therefore, even with free meals this year, we encourage you to review and complete the form if you feel you might qualify. Below is a table outline the income qualifications for free and reduced applications.

    Household Size

    Annually

    Monthly

    Weekly

    1

    $23,828

    $1,986

    $459

    2

    $32,227

    $2,686

    $620

    3

    $40,626

    $3,386

    $782

    4

    $49,025

    $4,086

    $943

    5

    $57,424

    $4,786

    $1,105

    6

    $65,823

    $5,486

    $1,266

    7

    $74,222

    $6,186

    $1,428

    8

    $82,621

    $6,886

    $1,589

    For each additional person add

    +$8,399

    +$700

    +162

    Families may apply for the Free & Reduced Meal program at any time.  The application is based on the family’s income over the past 30 days.  If your child(ren) was part of the program last year, you will need to re-apply by September 22, 2021 to continue participation.

    Additional information and the application for the Free & Reduced Meal program is available above.

    If you have questions or need assistance with the application, we encourage you to contact our food service department at 380-4226.

    As we stated earlier, there are still some instances in which students may be charged for food.  It is important for you to check your student’s meal account balance regularly. As a reminder, meal account balances are available online through the Parent Portal on the district website - www.harrisonvilleschools.org - or via the district app (a free download). You can make payments to your student’s account through the Parent Portal  or by sending money to school in an envelope with your student.

    We will continue to use our district’s automated communications system (phone calls, emails & texts) to notify parents for negative meal account balances. The food service department will also mail invoices home once a month for students who owe more than $20. Students will not be able to purchase a la carte items or receive a second lunch if they have a negative balance.

    We want to remind our families that you can come to us at any time if you would like to talk about payment options. We have ways to help families without adding to the issue with an increasing negative meal account balance.

    Sincerely,
    Jason Eggers
    Assistant Superintendent