Barkstall Elementary School

Financial Resources for Barkstall Families

Free or Reduced Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in over 101,000 public and non‐profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low‐cost or free lunches to more than 31 million children each school day in 2009. In 1998, Congress expanded the National School Lunch Program to include reimbursement for snacks served to children in afterschool educational and enrichment programs to include children through 18 years of age.

36% of Students at Barkstall Elementary School participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program

Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced‐price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents. (For the period July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, 130 percent of the poverty level is $28,665 for a family of four; 185 percent is $40,793.)

Children from families with incomes over 185 percent of poverty pay a full price, though their meals are still subsidized to some extent. Local school food authorities set their own prices for full‐price (paid) meals, but must operate their meal services as non‐profit programs.

After school snacks are provided to children on the same income eligibility basis as school meals. However, programs that operate in areas where at least 50 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced‐price meals may serve all their snacks for free.

For more information about the program or how to enroll, click the link above. You can also find the Link for an application at the Unit 4 Schools Website ( on the left hand side entitled "2010-2011Free and Reduced Lunch Application".

School Supplies at Barkstall:

From donation, Barkstall Elementary offers common school supplies (notebooks, pencils, erasers, etc.) to students. Please talk to the front desk for more details about this program and how you can access these resources.