2022-2023 Meal Benefits
Due to funding from a federal program, we were able to offer free meals to all Belton students last year. This program ended, so we can no longer provide universally free meals. This is why we strongly encourage you to complete a meal benefits application, because your family may be eligible for free or reduced meals and other offers that will support your child's educational experience.
If you complete the meal application, we will waive your child's tech fee after we process their application.
Students who qualify for benefits may also be eligible for discounted rates on:
- School-age childcare (SAC)
- AP tests
- SAT/ACT fee waivers
Applying and qualifying for meal benefits can also help students in these ways:
- Financial aid (FAFSA, EFC - Expected Family Contribution)
- Scholarship opportunities
Participation in the Meal Benefits Program also helps support programs in the Belton School District:
- Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Eligibility
- Eligibility for Severe Need Rates
- Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Core Data & Missouri Information System
- National School Lunch Program Equipment grants
- Afterschool Snack Programs
- Teacher Loan Forgiveness
- Required Race/Ethnicity Data Collection
- Area Eligibility for Afterschool Snack
- ESEA Programs: Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title V
To complete the application (PDF) and qualify for discounts, you can fill out the form and drop it off at any of the district buildings or our central office.
Remember: Even though the form will say it is for Free/Reduced Lunch opportunities, completing this form could approve your family for other district discounts: childcare, technology fees, high school testing, etc.
If you need a paper copy of the application, please call us.
Meal Benefits FAQ & Income Eligibility Guidelines
Children need healthy meals to learn, and we offer healthy meals every school day. We offer breakfast at no cost, and lunch costs $2.90 for elementary students and $3.05 for secondary students. If your children qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals, the reduced price is $0.40 for lunch. This packet includes an application for free or reduced meal benefits and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.
WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE MEALS?
- All children in households receiving benefits from the Food Stamp Program/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), are eligible for free meals.
- Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
- Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
- Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
- Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.
Visit the USDA website to review the Income Eligibility Guidelines to determine if your family is eligible.Scroll to page 3 of the link above for the income chart.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY?
Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail Amanda Hall at 816-489-7007.
DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?
No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: BSD, 110 W Walnut, Belton MO 64012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?
No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Tracy at 816-489-7010 immediately.
MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?
Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.
I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please send in an application.
WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?
Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.
WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL’S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?
You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Dr. Sara Jones at 816-489-7018.
MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN?
Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.
WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?
List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?
Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.
WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?
Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, or receive Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.
WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY?
List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact Tracy Goodall at 816-489-7010 or email@example.com to receive a second application.
MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?
To find out how to apply for the Food Stamp Program/SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 1-855-373-4636.
CAN I APPLY ONLINE?
Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Visit Beltonschools.org to begin or to learn more about the online application process. Contact Anita Majors at 816-489-7018 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the online application.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement:
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To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.
Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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