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Breakfast & Lunch Program

Dear Parent/Guardian:


Children need healthy meals to learn.  Essex Community School Districtoffers healthy meals every school day.  Breakfast cost $1.80; lunch costs $2.50 k-5, $2.60 6-12.  Your children may qualify for free meals/milk or for reduced price meals.  Reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.  

If your child/children already receive free or reduced meals, no further action is required at this time to continue benefits.  


Applications can be submitted at any time and may be found year round by contacting Essex Community School District School or online at

Completed applications may be returned to:  Essex Community School District 111 Forbes St., Essex, IA 51638



Pam Allumbaugh

Child Nutrition Director


Essex Community School District

111 Forbes St. Essex, IA 51638


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Breakfast and lunch will be served on the first day of school. Prices for 2020-2021:

Breakfast k-12:

•5 Days (one week) $ 9.00 - $1.70 per day

*20 days $36.00

Lunch K-5:

• 5 Days (one week) $ 12.50- $2.50 per day
• 20 Days $ 50.00


Lunch 6-12

•5 Days (one week) $13.00 - $2.60/day

20 days $52.00 





Parents may deposit whatever amount they wish in the child's lunch account. Students need money in their accounts for extra milk or milk purchased for a lunch brought from home. Milk is only included with the school lunch.  Extra milk (for lunch) per half pint is 50 cents. Students are to bring money for their account on the first day of school. Students may bring their own lunches, but all lunches must be eaten in the lunchroom. If your account balance is below a negative $5 (per child/per family) your account will be blocked). Your child(ren) will be served a peanut butter sandwich and a milk once they have a negative $5 balance. 


Parents of elementary students should check with their children often to determine if they need lunch money. The secretary will email a note home when the lunch account reaches a balance of -$0.01 or below per child/per family. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to send appropriate funds with the child to the office. If it has not been paid by the following Friday you will need to call the office to make arrangements with the superintendent.


Our meal program is capable of emailing a daily notice when your account gets below the appropriate balance (for those of you who have email addresses). We will send an email (every day if you have one, for your convenience) when the balance gets to -$.01 and below.


Free and reduced price meals are available for those who are eligible. Forms for this are in the office. Please do not hesitate to fill out these forms. Our school funding is better for those who are eligible and have been approved.



1. Students will use quiet voices when talking.

2. All food, utensils, or napkins which fall to the floor should be picked up and disposed of properly.

3. Students will use good manners.

4. No running in the lunchroom or on the way to and from lunch.


In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint, write to the USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C., 20250-9410 or call 800-795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. SAFETY PATROL



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