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Free/Reduced Meals

Breakfast and Lunches are available at no charge to all students until further notice. Students with a negative balance will have to pay their balance before purchasing a la carte.

To apply for free or reduced price meals or milk, use the ONLINE FREE OR REDUCED application process in Family Access. This Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application Guide and Free and Reduced Application Form, will help you through the process. This can be printed using acrobat reader. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information.

Children need healthy meals to learn. Marion School District offers healthy meals every school day. All Breakfast and Lunch meals offered are FREE. Al a carte purchases can be made, however, money needs to be in the student account. 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 Victoria Phillips, Assistant Director of Child Nutrition 200 Marion, Marion Ar. 72364 (870) 739-5100

Who can get free meals?
Children in households receiving SNAP benefits or runaways, migrant, 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: Susan Marshall, 870-739-5100

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 Assistant Director of Child Nutrition Victoria Phillips 870-739-5100

Si necesita ayuda, por favor llame al telefono: the Assistant Director of Child Nutrition 870-739-5100

Sincerely,
Victoria Phillips
Assistant Director of Child Nutrition
Marion School District