Free or Reduced

Earlham Community School District strives to make it easier for families to apply for free or reduced priced meals.

An application can be completed in minutes. Benefits will usually start the same day and remain in effect for the remainder of the school year. Please complete an application even if you are not sure whether you qualify. Applications can be submitted to the District Office at any time during the school year.

Return completed forms discreetly to the District Office, Attn: Deb Walker

Call 515-758-2214 ext. 162 or email [email protected] with questions or concerns.

Reduced meal prices for 2023-2024 school year:  
Breakfast $0.30
Lunch $0.40

** If you were not eligible at the start of the year, but have had a change of income from events such as being laid off, the free and reduced program can help. Please contact Deb Walker to complete an application. Forms are available in the District Office. All information regarding the application is considered highly confidential by staff.

Free or Reduced Meals: How It Works 
Students on the free or reduced lunch program are eligible to receive one lunch and one breakfast each school day at the free or reduced price. Each meal must consist of three items from different food groups to qualify.

BREAKFAST: 1/2 cup of a fruit is now required for a meal. Students must take 3 of 4 offered food groups:

LUNCH: students must take 3 of 5 offered food groups. Students are required to take at least 1/2 cup of a fruit or vegetable. 

*If what a student has on the tray does not qualify as a meal, the items will be charged at A la Carte prices - you will not receive the free/reduced benefit. 
*Extras are not included in the free/reduced program and will be charged at regular prices. 
*These rules are set by the USDA as part of the National School Lunch Program.