Free School Meals

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Both the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program offer free and reduced-price meals on a sliding income scale.  Anyone with a household gross income below 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level is eligible. This program is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) but is only offered by schools that choose to participate.

Sadly, here in Connecticut, participation rates are incredibly low – we are last in the nation for the number of schools offering the Breakfast program, but Foodshare Hunger Action Teams are hard at work trying to improve these numbers. 


The first step is finding out whether or not these programs are available in your school. You can figure that out by visiting or by calling 2-1-1. If your child’s school does offer free and reduced-price school meals, you should contact them directly to enroll. You will be required to provide proof of income.

If there are no school meals programs available in your district, consider recommending one to your school board. Or become involved in our Hunger Action Team work and help establish a program with help from others in your community.