Letter from the Londonderry School Board Chair: Free & Reduced Lunch

Free and Reduced Lunch

At the Londonderry School District, we are grateful to participate in the National School Lunch Programs Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility Program. For about two years, all of us in Londonderry with children in our public school system benefitted from free breakfast and lunch due to generous eligibility criteria set by the USDA. When our current school year began back in September, we went back to the regular eligibility requirements.

If you are eligible- or think you may be eligible- for free or reduced lunch, you must reapply every school year. You may be eligible if your income meets certain limits, your household receives NH SNAP, FDPIR, or NH TANF benefits, or you are housing a foster child. Those who are eligible for free lunch pay nothing out of pocket for breakfast or lunch, while those who are eligible for reduced meals pay nothing for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch, with the eligibility for reduced meals having higher income brackets.

A family of three qualifies for free meals if their yearly household income is less than $29,939 but qualifies for reduced lunch if their income is up to $42,606. For a family of four, these limits increase to $36,075 and $51,338 for free and reduced lunch, respectively.

As a School Board and School District, we want to make sure that any family that is eligible is aware of how to apply and receive these benefits- children cannot focus on learning when they are hungry, and cost should not be the reason students are not eating at school. Applications are confidential- no one knows that your student is receiving free or reduced lunch. If you need help applying, or you are unsure if you may qualify, please reach out to your dining services director Krystle Connell at 603- 432-6941 x2230 or send an email to kconnell@londonderry.org

Thank you,

Amy Finamore

Londonderry School Board