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Parents, Be Sure to Fill Out Your Lunch Applications

December 18, 2014 02:40 PM
Parents of students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy are encouraged to fill out their free and reduced price meal applications for their students by the end of 2014.
Students in families who earn an income up to 100 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible to receive free breakfasts and lunches at school, while those in families who earn an income up to 185 percent of the federal poverty are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at school at a reduced cost.
Students benefit not only in the lunch line, but also in the classroom and the rest of the school.
The number of students eligible for free or reduced price meals at each school affects the amount of funding that school districts such as District 209 receive from state and federal sources. Federal programs such as Title I at Proviso East and Proviso West and e-rate (technology funding) are based on free and reduced-priced lunch numbers, and help pay for classroom resources, staff, and programs such as the new freshman summer support program, the Cambridge ACT Prep program, and the new Agile Minds math curriculum. Title I funding also helps to pay for parent involvement efforts such as Parent University and helps eligible students attend the annual college tour.
To apply for free or reduced price meals, parents can fill out the applications sent to them by their students’ school or they can download the form in English  or in Spanish below and turn in to your students' school by December 31. 
For more information or if you have questions, please contact your students’ school.  


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