More families expected to qualify for free, reduced-price school meals

More than half of the students in USD 257 qualify for free or reduced school meals. New guidelines for Medicaid recipients could increase eligibility for up to 300 more students.



August 3, 2022 - 3:08 PM

Judy Baker, left, is retiring as USD 257 food service director. Staci Talkington will take over the position.

Over half of local students qualify for free or reduced-price school breakfasts and lunches.  

That’s 679 students whose families meet the income guidelines for determining eligibility for Child Nutrition Benefits. 

For this coming school year, the number will go up significantly, “probably 200-300″ because of new guidelines that allow children of Medicaid recipients to receive free meals. 

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