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Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Dubuque Community School District students may be eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals (breakfast and lunch) in accordance with guidelines set forth by the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

NOTE: If you receive the Food Assistance letter from Human Services Department during the first week of August, send that form to any school or to the district food and nutrition services department and disregard the Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application.

To be considered for eligibility, families must complete the Free and Reduced-Price Meals application linked below.

Online Application and Fee Waiver Eligibility

Printed copies of the application, and the Fee Waiver Benefits form, are also available at any school.


Are you eligible?

Find out by reviewing the income chart below.

2017-2018 Federal Income Guidelines Chart

Household Size Yearly Monthly Twice Per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly
1 22,311 1,860 930 859 430
2 30,044 2,504 1,252 1,156 578
3 37,777 3,149 1,575 1,453 727
4 45,510 3,793 1,897 1,751 876
5 53,243 4,437 2,219 2,048 1,024
6 60,976 5,082 2,541 2,346 1,173
7 68,709 5,726 2,863 2,643 1,322
8 76,422 6,371 3,186 2,941 1,471
Each additional person: 7,733 645 323 298 149

Food and Nutrition Services
food@dbqschools.org
563/552-3237

For fee waiver questions, contact the Board of Education secretary at 563/552-3037.


A new application must be completed each and every school year unless you receive Direct Certification from DHS.

All applications must be completed in full to be considered for eligibility.

Students attending Audubon, Fulton, Lincoln, Marshall, Prescott or Jefferson DO NOT need to complete a Free and Reduced-price Meals Application. These schools participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Learn more about CEP.