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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 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.

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

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.

2019-2020 Federal Income Guidelines Chart

Household Size Yearly Monthly Twice per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly
1 23,107 1,926 963 889 445
2 31,284 2,607 1,304 1,204 602
3 39,461 3,289 1,645 1,518 759
4 47,638 3,970 1,985 1,833 917
5 55,815 4,652 2,326 2,147 1,074
6 63,992 5,333 2,667 2,462 1,231
7 72,169 6,015 3,008 2,776 1,388
8 80,346 6,696 3,348 3,091 1,546
Each additional person: 8,177 682 341 315 158

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 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.