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School Meals Update for the 2022-23 School Year

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the USDA has funded free meals for all students. The USDA Free Meal waiver program expires on June 30, 2022. Consequently, our district will start charging fees for school meals in the 2022-23 school year.


However, there will be no charge for those eligible to receive benefits for free or reduced-price meals with a current application on file. Students who qualify can still receive one breakfast and one lunch free of charge every school day next year. The state of Washington is reimbursing school districts the co-pay costs for all students who qualify for reduced-price meals, ensuring the full benefit for all who qualify.


Free & Reduced-Price Meals Applications

To receive these benefits for the 2022-23 school year, families must fill out a new application each year. Starting August 15, the 2022-23 applications will be available to download from the Food Services webpage, or pick up the hardcopy application at any school or the district office. For families who applied and qualified last year, benefits will expire October 12.  Qualifying families may be eligible for other cost-saving benefits too (such as reduced athletic fees), so we strongly encourage families to apply before Oct. 12.  Please keep in mind that families can apply anytime during the school year, if their household or financial situation changes.


Revised School Meal Costs

For the 2022-23 school year, SVSD school meal costs will increase a little, compared to pre-COVID 2019 costs. Milk sold separately will increase 10 cents, while school meals will increase 50-75 cents. The new prices approved by the School Board June 16 are needed due to rising costs of food and labor.


Table with updated school meal prices

Posted June 26, 2022