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Iowa School Breakfast and Lunch Program Benefits

Program Description

The School Breakfast and Lunch Programs make nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals available to school children each school day. Over 92,000 schools offer lunches at school, and nearly 70,000 schools offer breakfast at school nationwide. School breakfasts and lunches must meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Federal nutrition standards. Some schools offer afterschool snacks to children in the school's afterschool care programs.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Iowa and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).

In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,775
2 $29,471
3 $37,167
4 $44,863
5 $52,559
6 $60,255
7 $67,951
8 $75,647

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To apply for free or reduced price meals, please visit:
https://www.educateiowa.gov/documents/iowa-income-eligibility/2013/07/fy14-iowa-iowa-eligibility-application

Program Contact Information

For additional information about the Iowa School Breakfast Program, please visit: https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/nutrition-programs/school-breakfast-program
For additional information about the Iowa School Lunch Program, please visit: https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/nutrition-programs/national-school-lunch-program
Also, you can call the Bureau of Food and Nutrition to speak with a State representative regarding the programs at: 515-281-4754