Free and Reduced Applications are available NOW! 

Southeast Polk CSD will be returning to paid, reduced and free meals for the 2022-2023 school year.   Families needing financial assistance are encouraged to complete the Meal Eligibility application to determine if their child(ren) is eligible for Free or Reduced meals. The application is available NOW!

Complete and submit the application ONLINE! Don’t wait, complete the application today.  Meal applications must be submitted annually.

If you have already received a letter stating that your child is eligible for free or reduced meals due to being directly certified, you do NOT need to submit an application. 

How to submit your application:

There are 2 EASY ways to submit!

  1.     Online from a computer at
  2.     Download the SchoolCafe by PrimeroEdge app for your smart device. *

If you submitted online last year, your username and password are the same.  If you do not remember, use the “Forgot username?” or “Forgot Password?” links on SchoolCafe.

*The app is recommended as it allows you to see your child(ren)’s meal purchases, set low balance alerts and set spending limits. You can see instantly what your child(ren)’s meal eligibility is. After submittal, click on Eligibility Info on the left panel.

If you are new to the online submission, there are few items you will need to help make the process easy and have a successful submittal:

  1.     Your child(ren)’s name and date of birth.  Helpful information would be your child(ren)’s school ID and the school they will be attending this Fall.  This can be found on your Campus Portal. Most students grade 6 – 12th know this number as it is their lunch PIN number.
  2.     You must register for SchoolCafe. Here are step by step instructions to complete your registration.
  3.     Here are step by step instructions on how to complete the application on SchoolCafe. English Instructions and Spanish Instructions.
  4.     There is also a short 1 ½ minute tutorial on how to complete.

Additional resources:

Note: Once you submit the online application, you will receive confirmation as well as your child(ren)’s new eligibility status. Be sure to read the confirmation page. In addition your approval/denial letter will be emailed to you from  This letter can be accessed at any time from your SchoolCafe account under Eligibility Info -> Notifications.

If you are not able to complete the online application and are needing a paper version, please email or call 515-957-3432.  Include your name, phone number and address in the message.

To read this message in Spanish, click here

USDA nondiscrimination statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.’

Iowa Non-Discrimination 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:”