Free and Reduced-Price Meals

During the 2021-2022 school year, ALL STUDENTS in the Dubuque Community School District will again receive NO-COST meals at school!

No-cost meals are provided thanks to an extension of the USDA Seamless Summer Option that school districts are able to participate in through the school year. NOTE: This program DOES NOT cover milk-only purchases at all levels, or the purchase of additional meals and a la carte items at the middle- and high-school levels.


Even with no-cost meals being provided to students, it is important that families still complete the appropriate meal program application. These forms are used to determine eligibility for the P-EBT (Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer) program, fee waiver benefits and helps the district receive certain federal funding.

NOTE: If a member of your household receives federal benefits, food assistance (also known as SNAP), FIP/TANF, receives a DHS letter, is homeless or is a foster child, you DO NOT need to complete the Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application. To have your fees waived, contact your school office or the district food and nutrition office to receive a Fee Waiver Benefits Form.

Families wishing to determine P-EBT eligibility or to apply for a fee waiver must complete this form if they have a student attending Bryant, Carver, Eisenhower, Hempstead, Irving, Kennedy, Roosevelt, Sageville, Senior or Table Mound.

Online Application and Fee Waiver Eligibility

Printed copies of the application, and the Fee Waiver Benefits form, are also available at any school.
Get complete details about the program in the information letter linked below.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Information Letter (PDF)

Are you eligible?

Find out by reviewing the income chart below.

2021-2022 Federal Income Guidelines Chart

Household Size Yearly Monthly Twice per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly
1 23,828 1,986 993 917 459
2 32,227 2,686 1,343 1,240 620
3 40,626 3,386 1,693 1,563 782
4 49,025 4,086 2,043 1,886 943
5 57,424 4,786 2,393 2,209 1,105
6 65,823 5,486 2,743 2,532 1,266
7 74,222 6,186 3,093 2,855 1,428
8 82,621 6,886 3,443 3,178 1,589
Each additional person: 8,399 700 350 324 162

Food and Nutrition Services

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 Alta Vista Campus, Audubon, Fulton, Hoover, Jefferson, Lincoln, Marshall, Prescott or Washington 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.