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710.2 Free or Reduced Cost Meal Eligibility

Code No. 710.2


Students enrolled and attending school in the school district who meet USDA eligibility guidelines will be provided the school nutrition program services at no cost or at a reduced price.  The school district shall make reasonable efforts to prevent the overt identification of students who are eligible for free and reduced price meals.

The district shall at least twice annually  notify all families of the availability, eligibility criteria, and application procedures for free or reduced price meals in accordance with state and federal law.  

It is the responsibility of the Food Services Director or designee to determine the eligibility of students for free or reduced price school nutrition programs, in accordance with criteria established by state and federal law.  If school personnel have knowledge of a student who is in need of free or reduced-price meals, school personnel shall contact the Administrative Assistant or Food Service Director.

If a student owes money for five or more meals, the Administrative Assistant or Food Service Director may contact the student’s parent or guardian to provide information regarding the application for free or reduced price meals.  The school is encouraged to provide reimbursable meals to students who request reimbursable meals unless the students’ parent or guardian has specifically provided written direction to the school to withhold a meal from the student.  

Employees will be required to pay for meals consumed.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations for implementing this policy.



Legal Reference:         
42 U.S.C. §§ 1751 et seq.
7 C.F.R. Pt. 210
et seq.
Iowa Code ch. 283A.
281 I.A.C. 58. 


Cross Reference:         
710.1      School Nutrition Program
710.1R1  School Nutrition Program Civil Rights Complaints Procedure
710.1E1  School Nutrition Program Notices of Nondiscrimination
710.1E2  Child Nutrition Programs Civil Rights Complaint Form
710.3 Vending Machines
710.4 Meal Charge Policy


Approved 1/24/18

Revised 9/13/23
Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA