Children need healthy meals to learn. Exeter-West Greenwich Regional School District offers healthy meals every school day.
Beginning in school year 2022-2023, schools can no longer offer free meals for every student, as they have for the past two years because of the pandemic. Meal benefit applications are ONCE AGAIN necessary and important. If your child is not approved for free school meals, you must add money to your school meal account to buy any meals, food or beverage items.
The information on your school meal application may qualify your child for free or reduced-price lunch and other educational discounts, which benefits your child! It also helps our schools get important state and federal education funding, which also benefits your child!
Important to Remember
YOUR FAMILY MAY BE ELIGIBLE
Many families do not apply for free or reduced-price school meals because they do not think they are eligible.
DON'T GUESS - FILL OUT AN APPLICATION!
You do not have to be below the poverty line to qualify.
You can get help for your family budget and food for your child! Fill out an application to see if you qualify.
APPLICATIONS CAN BE FILLED OUT IN MINUTES
The application may look scary, but it does not ask for a lot of information and can be filled out in 10 minutes. NEED HELP? This VIDEO provides step-by-step help.
APPLICATIONS ARE CONFIDENTIAL
Information is NOT SHARED with teachers, school staff, other students or other agencies. Free and reduced-price school meals are available for all who qualify, citizens and non-citizens. PIN pads assure privacy in the cafeteria.
LOTS OF HEALTHY MEAL CHOICES
Healthy school breakfast and lunch choices are the same for all students, whether full-priced, reduced-price, or free.
ONE APPLICATION COVERS EVERY CHILD IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD.
Only ONE application is needed for your family no matter how many kids live with you. A completed application must be submitted each school year to continue to receive free or reduced-price meals.
If you are concerned about a food allergy that your student has, please notify the cafeteria with this information. A warning will appear on the cashier’s screen for a quick review of the items on the student’s meal tray.
Students may pay for lunch with cash or by using their account. We use a computer-based lunch system that allows students to use their ID number to charge their lunch items to their account. When using their account it must be funded using a pre-payment method.
You can send in prepayment at any time. Although students can add cash to their account by giving it to the cashier at checkout, we recommend that parents send in checks rather than cash. All monies should be submitted only to cafeteria personnel. Checks are to be made payable to EWG School Lunch Program. When sending a prepayment, please include the student’s ID number on the face of the check. If you send in cash please indicate the student's ID number on the face of the envelope.
You will have the ability to monitor student transactions and deposit money electronically onto your child’s account by signing up at https://www.myschoolbucks.com.
The application form is available online or you can receive on from your local school office. Who can get free or reduced-price meals?
All children in households receiving benefits from SNAP, FDPIR or TANF are eligible for free meals.
Foster children under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
Children participating in their school's Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
Schools are required to serve meals at no charge to children whose household income is at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines.
Children are entitled to pay a reduced price if their household income is above 130 percent but at or below 185 percent of these guidelines.
The current income and family size criteria can be found under the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.
Only one application is required per household no matter how many children are attending Exeter-West Greenwich schools. Completed applications can be turned in to any school's main office or mailed to Lineham School, 859 Nooseneck Hill Rd., West Greenwich, RI 02817.