Free and reduced lunch applications due Aug. 1 - July 21, 2008

Record Number: 4238
Displayed from: Jul 21, 2008 , until: Aug 21, 2008

Applications for free and reduced price meals were recently mailed out to families of the nearly 32,000 students in Fort Wayne Community Schools. Applications are accepted throughout the year but need to be returned by Aug. 1 to be processed in time for the first day of school on Aug. 18. Last year, nearly 62 percent of FWCS students participated in the federal program, providing free lunch to 16,269 students and reduced-price lunch to 3,018 students. Regular cost for an elementary lunch is $1.45, and breakfast is $1.10; middle and high school students pay 10 cents more for each meal. Reduced-meal prices are 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast for students regardless of their grade level. Each school year, FWCS Nutrition Services serves more than 4 million meals that meet recommended standards for calcium, iron, protein and vitamins A and C, as well as track levels of cholesterol, sodium and fiber. Nutritional analysis for each meal is available at www.fwcs.k12.in.us. Families can now pre-pay for meals through the MyNutriKids Web site. Visit www.mynutrikids.com for more information and to set up an account. Below are the income eligibility requirements for this year's free and reduced meal program: Family of two - $25,900 Three - $32,560 Four - $39,220 Five - $45,880 Six - $52,540 Seven - $59,200 Eight - $65,860 Additional family members - $6,660 Families that have moved or otherwise did not receive the application in the mail may pick one up at any FWCS school or at the Nutrition Center, 3211 W. Ludwig Road. Applications are available in English and Spanish. For more information, contact 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.