Annual Free and Reduced Lunch applications are now available
LAS VEGAS – The Clark County School District (CCSD) is reminding qualified families to sign up for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program (FRL) for the 2010-2011 school year. As of June 30, 2010, more than 154,000 CCSD students qualified for this important program and with the county’s unemployment rate currently at 14.5 percent, the number of students who qualify for this program is expected to increase this year. Students who qualify for free or reduced price lunch also qualify for a free or reduced price breakfast. Breakfast is available at all schools prior to instruction starting each day.
According to Charles Anderson, director of CCSD’s Food Service Department, the FRL form must be filled out annually, even if a household qualified last year. Anderson said many parents mistakenly think that once an application has been approved, it continues to be valid every subsequent year. However, a new application – specific to each school year – must be completed and submitted to the Food Service Department through the school, U.S. Mail or new this year – online. These forms, which are printed in English and Spanish, will be delivered to schools this week and they will be available at the Back to School Fairs being held in August at the local malls. The forms will also be available online at www.applyforlunch.com, beginning August 16, 2010.
Numerous studies show a correlation between proper student nutrition and performance. For many students, their free or reduced price lunch may be the only nutritious meal they receive on any given weekday. The school district is working to spread the word about the importance of parents filling out the FRL form and doing so correctly.
Parents may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. If parents are not eligible now, but have a decrease in household income, become unemployed or have an increase in family size, they can fill out and application at that time.
For eligibility requirements associated with FRL, go to http://ccsd.net/foodservice/1-NSLP.html.
News release from Clark County School District.