Currently, we only qualify with the state to bring this program to the High School site in Greene, but are attempting to expand the program to Allison. We were able to qualify for the program at the Greene site due to a geographic area that included a number of children living at or below the federal poverty level. According the Iowa Department of Education;
• Open sites operate in low-income areas where half or more of the children are from households with income at or below 185% of the Federal poverty guidelines. Meals are provided at no charge to any child at the open site.
In order to qualify for the program in Allison, we would need to have the same type of geographic area, or a subgroup of students that meet the requirement. We currently do not meet that standard. Qualifying for these programs is dependent on the percentage of youth in a given area or subgroup that qualify for the free/reduced lunch program.
This is one of the reasons that we encourage families to fill out the application for free/reduced price lunches. There are several other programs that would greatly benefit our schools and communities, but the schools must qualify through numbers of children eligible for the free/reduced program.
One of the most notable programs allows for all school children within the building to qualify for free lunches if the percentage of those who qualify for the free reduced program meets the criteria. We do not currently qualify for that program at any site. The school would benefit from these programs, as we get reimbursements through the federal government for meals that are served under these programs.
We would encourage all families to fill out the application, whether you believe that you would qualify for the free/reduced program or not. We will continue to attempt to qualify at the Allison site, but we will need the assistance of our Allison families. There is a free/reduced lunch application available on the North Butler nutrition website. Please feel free to fill that out and return it to the business office.