Dear Parents and Guardians,
The school meals program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, school corporations across the country have been operating with the use of a federal waiver that allowed them to feed every child for free through the end of this school year. The use of this waiver will not be available after this school year and corporations will return to the traditional eligibility requirements for free, reduced, and paid meals. This means that for School Year 2022-2023 Lawrence County Independent Schools (LCIS) must process free and reduced-price meal benefit applications.
The LCIS Food Services Department does have the ability to Directly Certify students who receive SNAP, TANF, some Medicaid, are certified as homeless, migrant, or are wards of the state (foster children). Households who are found to be directly certified will be notified in writing of the free or reduced-price meal status prior to the start of school and will not need to complete an application.
Meal benefit applications are available beginning July 1. We will not accept any applications prior to July 1, 2022. Households are encouraged to apply before the start of the school year to avoid unpaid meal charges. Students who are not approved for free or reduced-price meal benefits before the start of the school year will be classified as “paid” status and meal charges may begin to accumulate starting the first day of school. Meal charges accrued before the approval of a meal benefit application will be the responsibility of the household.
For your convenience, we have attached instructions and a meal benefit application below. You may print the application and either return the application through the mail or by dropping it off at the school. If you are unable to print the application, please send a quick message to the school and request one be mailed to you.
Meal Benefit Application
Trisha D. Turner
LCIS Director, Finance & Operations