You may not know it, but your child could qualify for a free or reduced-price breakfast and
lunch. I’m encouraging families to apply. The National School Lunch Program is a federally-assisted
program that provides nutritious, low-cost or free lunches to public or non-profit private schools.
Many families meet the income requirements for participation without realizing it. In these tough
economic times, every penny counts—in both your bank account and our school system.
Not only will it put money back in your pocket, but our local schools will receive a direct
cash subsidy from the federal government. Schools are reimbursed approximately $2.57 for every free
lunch and $2.17 for every reduced-price lunch served.
In addition, the number of children receiving
discounted lunches determines funding
for vital programs such as Title 1 (federal financial
assistance to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards).
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.
Assembly Member Karim Camara
231 Empire Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Assembly Member Camara encourages families to apply for the free breakfast and lunch program for the upcoming school year
Assembly Member Camara says that when children eat well, they have a better chance at doing well in school. He strongly urges families that are eligible for the free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch program to apply because there are multiple benefits. Children will eat healthy meals—at little or no cost to their parents—and our schools will receive needed federal funding.
Annual Income Eligibility Guidelines for the 2009-2010 school year
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If at least 50 percent of the students in a school are eligible, all snacks are free.
To apply for free or reduced-price school lunch:
- Call School District 17 at 718-707-4400 or
- Call the New York Child Nutrition Program office at 518-473-8781
- For more information about child nutrition programs, visit the New York State
Department of Education Web site: www.nysed.gov/cn/cnms.htm