Free or Reduced Fee Hot Lunch

Free or Reduced Fee Hot Lunch

Free or Reduced hot lunch is sponsored through the US Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the National Schools Lunch Program.

St. John participates in this program, and if your family qualifies, it is as simple as filling out a form!

Who qualifies for Reduced Fee Hot Lunch?

  • Families receiving unemployment compensation

How do I apply?

You can download a sample form from the USDA web site for review, but please stop at the school to pick up an application. You can apply for reduced fee hot lunch any time during the school year.

You can find out more about this program from the USDA web site.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Unpaid Meal Balance Policy

St. John Lutheran School is committed to providing healthy, hot meals to students who choose to purchase meals at school, but due to the size of our school we believe it is important to take care of debts in a timely manner.

In order to continue to provide students of our school with the best possible meals and service the following procedures regarding unpaid meal charges (negative lunch account balances) will be implemented immediately.
 
Unpaid Lunch Account Balance for Free and Reduced Meal Students:
We will send a letter to the parents/guardians of free and reduced meal students when the account balance exceeds negative five dollars (-$5.00). If there are questions on how to monitor your account, please contact the office.
 
Free and reduced meal students with account balances of negative five dollars (-$5.00) will only be able to purchase a meal and will be unable to purchase snack milk until the balance is paid or arrangements are made with the office. Parents/guardians will have 5 days to pay or make payment arrangements from the date the account first reaches negative five dollars (-$5.00).
 
Free and reduced meal students, who have not paid their negative account balance or made payment arrangements after 5 days, will receive an alternate lunch until the account is brought positive. The alternative meal that complies with USDA requirements for lunch is a cheese sandwich OR peanut butter/soy nut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit and milk.
 
Unpaid Lunch Account Balance for Paid Meal Students:
We will send a letter to the parents/guardians of paid meal students when the account balance exceeds negative ten dollars (-$10.00). If there are questions on how to monitor your account, please contact the office.
 
Paid meal students with account balances of negative ten (-$10.00) will only be able to purchase a meal and will be unable to purchase snack milk until the balance is paid or arrangements are made with the office. Parents/guardians will have 5 days to pay or make payment arrangements from the date the account first reaches negative ten dollars (-$10.00).
 
Paid meal students who have not paid their negative account balance or made payment arrangements after 5 days, will receive an alternate lunch until the account is brought positive. The alternative meal that complies with USDA requirements for lunch is a cheese sandwich OR peanut butter/soy nut butter and jelly sandwich, fruit and milk.

Lunch accounts must be current for students to travel to Wisconsin Dells for the end of the year trip.