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Changes in USDA Meal Program

Changes in USDA Meal Program

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) program that provided free school meals to all students during the COVID-19 pandemic ended on June 30, 2022. This means that unless qualifying families turn in a free/reduced price application, they will need to pay full price for meals when school starts in September.


This fall, the Highland Central School District will return to policies that were in place for free/reduced price lunch and breakfast prior to the pandemic. Income guidelines, application packets, etc. are available on our website, here: APPLICATION. Eligibility for free/reduced price meals will be determined by income verification or by direct certification lists provided to the school district.


Essential Facts:

  • Only one application per household is needed.
  • A new application must be completed each school year.
  • If your child receives SNAP or Medicaid, you do not need to complete an application.
  • All applications must be received and processed by October 20, 2022.

For more information, please contact Food Service Director John Matthews at (845) 691-1057.