Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Free and reduced lunch applications should be submitted by Wednesday October 9, 2019.  While applications can be sent in any time of year our school district's qualification under many programs is determined by our free and reduced numbers in October.

The application can be found by clicking here.  By calling the cafeteria at 315-346-1211, or by downloading our September newsletter by clicking on the link on our home page at www.brcsd.org.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Free and Reduced Lunches (FRPL):

Will my student be identified as a FRPL student if we qualify?
No.  The confidentiality of this data is very important to BRCSD.  The system that we use, NutriKids, uses an identification number for our students.  Not even the cashier that charges the students know who is qualified.

I’m not going to use the free/reduced lunch, do I have to?If not, why should I fill out the form?
No, you do not need to participate if you qualify.  This is purely a personal preference and you can still pay for your child’s lunches/breakfasts.  However, New York State, and the Federal Government uses our free and reduced lunch percentage to determine aid on many different formulas.  If our numbers are lower than what they should be, other districts will receive the aid that should be funneled to Beaver River.  This would then mean that we may not be able to provide all of the programs (ex. after school programs) that would benefit our students.

How often do I need to fill out the form?
As soon as you qualify, you can fill out the form.  The form needs to be filled out one time per year.

I see that there are local schools that offer free breakfast or lunch for ALL students, how come Beaver River does not?
The program that provides free breakfast and lunch for all students is determined by the percentage of free and reduced (FRPL) students in our district.  We are just below the cutoff line for this opportunity.  While we may actually have the numbers for this, we do not have the applications submitted to prove that we do.  Therefore, it is important that anyone who qualifies for FRPL needs to apply.

Where can I find the application?
The application can be found by clicking here.  By calling the cafeteria at 315-346-1211, or by downloading our September newsletter by clicking on the link on our home page at www.brcsd.org.