Free/reduced meals application deadline nears - August 03, 2006

Record Number: 2553
Displayed from: Aug 04, 2006 , until: Aug 14, 2006

Families of the nearly 32,000 students in Fort Wayne Community Schools are receiving applications to submit to find out if their child is eligible for meal and textbook assistance this school year. Given a lackluster economy - both on the national and local fronts - it is expected that more students again this year could be eligible. Last year, just over 56 percent of FWCS students were on the program. Applications, along with an information brochure, have been mailed to all FWCS families. Applications may be returned throughout the school year; however, those received by Monday, Aug. 14 will be processed by the start of school on Aug. 21. FWCS Food and Nutrition Services serves more than 4 million meals to approximately 27,000 students each school year. Meals feature 30 percent or less of the calories from fat and 10 percent or less from saturated fat. In addition, FWCS meals meet recommended standards for calcium, vitamins C and A, iron and protein, as well as track levels of cholesterol, sodium and fiber. Nutritional analysis is available on the FWCS web site at www.fwcs.k12.in.us Below are the income eligibility requirements for this year's reduced meal program: * Family of two - $24,420 * Three - $30,710 * Four - $37,000 * Five - $43,290 * Six - $49,580 * Seven - $55,870 * Eight - $62,160 For each additional family member add $6,290. Families that have moved or who may otherwise not receive their application in the mail may pick one up at any FWCS school or at the Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. Applications and the brochures are also available in Spanish. Application forms have a new look so we remind those filling them out to be sure to sign at the two places where there is a red X - forms without signatures in both places cannot be processed. For information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 467-2055.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.