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Free/Reduced Meals

Free and Reduced applications must be submitted every year in order for a household to qualify for free or reduced meals (includes breakfast and lunch). The approved households will also qualify for free morning milk. Your household’s status for free/reduced meals for your children from last year carries over into the new year for 30 days. After 30 days, if no application has been filed, your children will be charged full price meals and morning milk.

Free and reduced meal applications can be submitted throughout the school year. If your income changes at any time during the year you can apply for free or reduced meals. Applications are available in all school offices, online using the links below, or by calling the foodservice office (715-839-6056).  We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information.

2017-2018 Free and Reduced Application English

2017-2018 Free and Reduced Application Spanish

2017-2018 Free and Reduced Application Hmong

Children need healthy meals to learn. The Altoona School District offers healthy meals every school day. Elementary children (Grades K-5) may purchase a lunch for $2.50. Students in grades 6-12 may purchase a lunch for $2.65. Breakfast is offered at all schools. Elementary can purchase breakfast for $1.00. Middle and High School students can purchase breakfast for $1.20. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. Our Computerized Meal System ensures no student may be identified as being approved for subsidized meals when receiving their lunch or milk.

Here are some frequently asked questions about free or reduced priced meals:

Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
No. Complete the application to apply for free or reduced price meals. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Bernie Allen, Director of Food and Nutrition 711 7th Street West, Altoona, WI 54720 or call at 715-839-6056.

Who can get free meals?
Children in households getting FoodShare or W-2 cash benefits and most foster children can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, if your household income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.

Who can get reduced price meals?
Your children can get low cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Chart, shown on this application.

I get WIC. Can my child(ren) get free meals?
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please fill out an application.

Will the information I give be checked?
Yes, we may ask you to send written proof.

If I don’t qualify now, may I apply again later?
Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting Food Stamps, W-2 Cash Benefits or other Benefits. If you lose your job, your children may be able to get free or reduced price meals during the time you are unemployed.

What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?
You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Pat Reijo, 1903 Bartlett Ave., Altoona WI 57220 /715-839-6033

May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

Who should I include as members of my household?
You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends). You must include yourself and all children who live with you.

What if my income is not always the same?
List the amounts that you normally get. For example, if you normally get $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only got $900, put down that you get $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but not if you get it only some of the time.

We are in the military. Do we include our housing allowance as income?
If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. All other allowances must be included in your gross income.

If you have other questions or need help, call the Food Service Director 715-839-6056
Si necesita ayuda, por favor llame al telefono: the Food Service Director 715-839-6056

Sincerely,
Michael Markgren
Director of Business Services