We have some important updates to share about school meals in the 2022-23 school year.
Since the Fall of 2020, KCS has provided breakfast and lunch meals to students at no cost, regardless of income status or school attended. This was made possible by waivers provided by the federal government. However, the federal government at this time has not extended the waivers necessary to continue this program. As a result, the only students who will receive no-cost or reduced-price meals during the 2022-23 school year are those whose free and reduced-price meal application has been approved. Additionally, students attending a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school will also have access to no-cost meals. More information about CEP schools will be provided in the coming weeks.
In the upcoming school year, the cost for meals will be as follows:
Breakfast – $2
Elementary Lunch – $2.75 Middle / High School Lunch – $3
To apply for free and reduced-price meals for the 2022-23 school year, please visit www.lunchapplication.com AFTER July 1, 2022. Free and reduced-price meal applications will also be available at all school sites over the summer and the beginning of the 2022-23 school year.
Please keep in mind that this change is based on current guidance from the federal government. If changes are made to this guidance, we will inform families promptly. For more information, please see the following letter from the State of Tennessee: TN School Nutrition Program Update.pdf.
Brett FosterExecutive Director of School Nutrition Knox County Schools