Free and Reduced Meal Policy

2012-2013 School Year

Little Rock School District today announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Local school officials will use the following size and income criteria for determining eligibility.




Family Size



























Each add’l family member add:

$ 5,148

$ 7,326

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

The application packet is being provided to all students.  Additional packets are available at the principal's office in each school. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. Applications from families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) need only list the children's names for whom the application is made, respective SNAP case number, name of household member receiving SNAP benefits and the signature of an adult household member.  Children certified as migrant, homeless or runaway through LRSD’s Migrant Education Program are eligible for free meals based on being involved in the MEP program.

All other households that would qualify based upon income must show the names of all household members related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends), the amount of gross income each person receives in a month, the frequency of pay, and source.  Each household member who does not have income must indicate zero income on the application. The last four digits of the signer’s social security number or indication by checking the no social security number box is required for processing an application. Applications are returned and categorized as incomplete, if the application does not have a signature of the adult household member, or the last four digits of the signer’s social security number is not listed. The information on an application may be verified by the school or other program officials at any time during the school year.

A foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is categorically eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income. If a family has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for meals, they should complete the application using the instructions for households that have foster and non-foster children residing in the home.

Under the provision of the Policy Statement, applications will be process and eligibility determined. If a parent is dissatisfied with the decision, a request may be made to discuss it with the determining official. A formal appeal may be made either orally or in writing to Ms. Lilly Bouie, Child Nutrition Director, 1501 Jones Street, Little Rock, AR  72202, for a hearing to appeal the decision. The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.

Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a decrease in income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size, or become eligible for SNAP benefits, you may fill out an application at that time.

Reduced Co-Pay Subsidy:  Little Rock School District will also participate in the Reduced Co-Pay Subsidy afforded through State of Arkansas, House Bill 1910. If you apply for free or reduced meal benefits and your household qualifies for “reduced” meals this year, the breakfast and lunch meal will be offered to your student at “no cost” at any school site in the Little Rock School District.  No money is required for reduced meals, effective August 20, 2012 through June 5, 2013.  If you have not applied for meal benefits this school year, please complete an application for eligibility determination.

Privacy Act Statement: This explains how we will use the information you give us.

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) case for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

Non-discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. "In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."



Provision 2

Non Base Year

Media Release

School Year 2012-2013


The Little Rock School District is pleased to announce the district’s policy for providing meals at NO CHARGE to participating schools in the Provision 2 Meal Alternative Program.  No charge breakfast meals are offered at:  Booker, Carver, Dodd, McDermott, ML King, Otter Creek, Rockefeller, Terry and Western Hills elementary schools.  No charge breakfast and lunch is offered at: Bale, Baseline, Brady, Chicot, Franklin, Geyer Springs, Mabelvale, Meadowcliff, Romine, Stephens, Wakefield, Washington, Watson, Wilson and Woodruff elementary schools.   All of these schools are participants in the National School Breakfast and School Lunch Program, funded by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Special Assistance Certification and Reimbursement Provision 2 Alternative.  Federal reimbursement for meals is based on applications on file for the 2011-2012 Base Year for the district.  These applications are filed and maintained at the Central Office of Child Nutrition to ensure strict confidentiality of each document and must remain safely filed for the entirety of the school district’s Provision 2 status.  The information on the applications will be made available only to State and Federal officials for review.  All adults, e.g., visitors, teachers, support staff members, and administrators of the district must assume the full cost of the meal which is $1.85 for Breakfast and $3.10 for lunch, unless otherwise noted if a school is a participant in a special program like Breakfast in the Classroom.