Nutrition Services Information

Free Summer Meals, but Changes Coming Next School Year
Posted on 05/31/2022
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Beginning June 1, free summer meals will be available to anyone Pre-K through 18 years old Monday through Friday at several school locations: Lafayette, Bode, Robidoux, Spring Garden, Truman, Carden Park, Coleman, Edison, Ellison, Field, Hosea, Hyde, Early Learning (former Lake Contrary), Lindbergh, Mark Twain, Oak Grove, Parkway, Pershing, Pickett and Skaith.  

Breakfast can be picked up from 7:15 am- 9:15 am
Lunch can be picked up from 10:45 am – 11:45 am 
Meals must be picked up in the cafeteria. 


The free meal program ends on June 30. 

Beginning July 1, districts will no longer be able to offer free meals for all students, and that includes the St. Joseph School District. The past two years, students in school districts across the country have been allowed to eat free meals as a result of waivers from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). But the waivers expire June 30. 

Since March 2020, the SJSD has been serving all students free meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The USDA granted waivers to school district that allowed all children, regardless of their parents’ income levels, to access school meals. Prior to the waivers there was a three-tiered pricing structure – some families didn’t pay for meals, some paid at a reduced price and others paid full price based on income levels. Starting in the fall of 2022, that pricing structure will go back into effect.

Starting July 1, SJSD parents may apply for free and reduced meals online or paper applications based on the student’s school. The schools include Benton, Central, Bode, Ellison, Field, Oak Grove, Pershing, Skaith, and Early Learning Center. 

Those students who attend Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools will not need to fill out an application. Those schools include Lafayette, Robidoux, Spring Garden, Truman, Carden Park, Coleman, Edison, Hosea, Hyde, Lindbergh, Mark Twain, Parkway, Pickett, and Webster.

Please contact the Nutrition Services Department with any questions at (816) 671-4140. 

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