Free and Reduced School Lunch Eligibility for DHS Recipients

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches to children up to the age of 18 years-old each school day, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  

If your family receives benefits from the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS), such as Food Assistance or Family Investment Program (FIP), your family may be eligible for free or reduced school meals. 

Families whose income falls below 185 percent of the poverty level may qualify. A family of three earning at or below $37,777 or a family of five earning at or below $53,243 may be eligible.

Many families will be directly certified and receive notification from their school district. If you believe your family may qualify and you have not received notice by mid-August, contact your local school to ask about direct certification or  for an application.