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Free and Reduced Meal Information

Free & Reduced Meals

The Iowa Eligibility Application for the 17-18 is now available.  This is an annual process.  Please complete the application and return as soon as possible.  Once the application is received and processed, you will receive a mailed letter stating the eligibility for your children for the 17-18 school year.  Please read the letter carefully and verify that all children in your household are listed. 

Families who may qualify for the free and reduced meal program are encouraged to complete an Iowa Eligibility Application if they did not receive a direct certification letter from the Food & Nutrition Office stating they automatically qualify due to food assistance, foster, or FIP. 

Families may apply for meal benefits any time during the school year. Free and reduced eligibility is strictly confidential -- no one can tell as students go through the serving line. The computer will be able to identify the student as receiving free meals and will not charge for breakfast or lunch. 

Students who qualify for reduced-price meals must have money in their accounts to cover their reduced-price breakfast and/or lunch. Students who qualify for free or reduced meals will need to have money in their account if they wish to purchase extra entrees, extra milk, or milk to go with a sack lunch or a la carte items. 

Application Packet

A new application will supersede the past year's eligbility.  New eligibility will be effective as soon as the application is processed.  Medicaid does not automatically grant free meals for students.

2017-2018 Free & Reduced Meal Application

How to apply for free & reduced school meals (Application instructions)

2017-2018 Information Letter

*Ensure you receive textbook, transportation, etc fees reduced or free, complete SEP District Online Registration and select "YES" on the Sharing of Information page.

Spanish Application packet

Spanish Free & Reduced Application

Spanish How to Apply for free & reduced school meals

2017-2018 Spanish Information letter

*Ensure you receive textbook, transportation, etc fees reduced or free, complete SEP District Online Registration and select "YES" on the Sharing of Information page.


Translated applications are available in 34 languages at:



Please drop off the completed application to:

Southeast Polk Central Education Office (District Office)

Attn: Food & Nutrition Services

8379 NE University Ave

Pleasant Hill, IA 50327


Or mail to:

Southeast Polk Food & Nutrition Services

8325 NE University Ave

Pleasant Hill, IA 50327


Or email to:  school.nutrition@southeastpolk.org

Privacy Act Statement: This explains how we will use the information you give us.

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals.  You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application.  The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number.  We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

Federal NonDiscrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)  If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866)632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.  20250-9410, by fax 202-690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or 800-845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Iowa NonDiscrimination Statement

“It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9.  If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website: https://icrc.iowa.gov/.”

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