Student Nutrition Services Supervisor
Mealapp – apply for free and reduced meals
Parents or guardians, apply online for 2022-2023 school year free or reduced meal benefits. The application process is streamlined through the new state online portal at http://mealapp.kpbsd.org.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District 2022-2023 Meal Prices:
Breakfast: Students approved for Free and Reduced meals: $0.00; Grades K-12: $2.50
Lunch: Students approved for reduced meals: $0.40; Grades K-6: $3.50; Grades 7-12: $4.00
Applications that had been approved for the 2021/2022 school year will expire on September 28, 2022. A new application must be received and approved in order to qualify for Free or Reduced meals, and other programs and benefits associated with the Free and Reduced Meal application.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is pleased to announce our participation in the National School Lunch Program. Meals meet nutritional standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Our schools participate in the National School Lunch Program, and School Breakfast Program.
If your income is less than or equal to the following guidelines, you are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. These guidelines are effective July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023. If you have children who are approved for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), they are automatically able to receive free meals by filing an application that includes their assistance number for one of those programs. Students who are migrant, homeless, or runaways are automatically eligible and do not need to fill out an application. Foster children receive free meals regardless of the income of the household with which they reside. Note: Medicaid and Denali Kid Care case numbers do not qualify for eligibility.
An income scale is used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price meals.
Alaska Income Eligibility Guidelines
July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023
Reduced Price Meals – 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
|Household Size||Annual||Monthly||Twice per Month||Every Two Weeks||Weekly|
|For Each Additional family member add:||10,915||910||455||420||210|
Free Meals – 130% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
|Household Size||Annual||Monthly||Twice per Month||Every Two Weeks||Weekly|
|For Each Additional family member add:||7,670||640||320||295||148|
Student Nutrition Services goals are to:
- Enhance students ability to learn by providing nutritionally sound and appealing meals
- Maintain fiscal integrity of the program and eliminate the need for financial assistance from the District’s general fund
- To become recognized as a part of the educational day within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
Meal Price Information
Discontinuation of Universal Free Meals: USDA is ending the universal free meals for the 2022-2023 school year. For the 2022-2023 school year, families can apply for free or reduced-price meals starting July 1.
- Students approved for Free and Reduced meals $0.00
- Students K-12 $2.50
- Adults $3.00 excluding milk
- Second meal $3.00
- Students approved for Reduced meals $0.40
- Students K-6 $3.50
students 7-12 $4.00
- Adults $5.50 excluding milk
- Elementary second meal $4.00
- Secondary second meal $4.50
Opt-In form required to charge meals up to two days of meals: Students will not be permitted to charge any meals this year until parents or guardians have signed an Opt-In form for their child. The Opt-In is included in the online packet, and SNS needs a form completed for each student that a parent gives permission to charge. When completed, students will be allowed to charge up to two days of meals, and no further charges will be allowed until the amount is paid back.
Due to the shortage of product or circumstances beyond our control, menu items are subject to change without notice.
The KPBSD Student Nutrition Services team is proud to be providing thousands of breakfast and lunches each year to the eager students that are our guests in 32 sites across the Kenai Peninsula.
We are pleased to offer a variety of appropriate meals to the growing bodies and minds of KPBSD students. As we introduce more whole grains, pastas, fruits and vegetables where possible, we invite your input for menu development.
We accept applications for free or reduced priced meals at any time during the school year. We encourage potential applicants to take advantage of this USDA program as an important support to a child’s success in the classroom.
Diane Buchanan, Student Nutrition Services Supervisor
139 Park Avenue,
Soldotna, AK 99669
The Student Nutrition Services (SNS) department for KPBSD is pleased to prepare and serve breakfast and lunch offerings that are both appealing and nutritious for growing minds and bodies.
KPBSD-SNS is a proud sponsor of USDA-United States Department of Agriculture-breakfast and lunch programs. As a sponsor that receives USDA financial support, we are responsible for supporting USDA nutrition requirements and guidelines.
Our menu development and meal offerings are built with these guidelines as a base.
These guidelines include measurements of calories, nutrients, meal patterns and menu entrees and menu items. The guidelines vary according to student age. Other influences on KPBSD menu offerings include:
- Student Preference
- KPBSD Wellness Policy
- The availability of USDA commodity provisions
- Current pricing of distributor foods supplies
- Labor expense associated with preparation of menued foods
- Seasonal availability of fresh fruits and vegetables also influence menu offerings.
- SNS responsibility to limit meal program expenses to the revenue received from federal reimbursements and cash sales of meals and ALA Carte services.
USDA nutrient guidelines include target measurements of calories, sodium, whole grains, protein, fruit, and vegetable variety.
Our KPBSD meal programs operate under USDA “Offer vs Serve” guidelines.
Our daily breakfast menus offer one or more entrée choices for the students and a daily option of different cereal choices, fruit, and milk. For a breakfast meal to be considered a complete meal, students must take three separate items; one of the items must be a serving of fruit. Students may take one of the entrée choices or a combination of the cereal and one other grain item listed.
Our daily lunch menus offer five different components: Meat/Meat Alternate, fruit, vegetable, grain, and milk. For a meal to be a complete meal and qualifies for meal benefits, the student may select all the menu items offered but must take at least three of the five different components; one of the components must be the fruit and/or vegetable offering.
For more information regarding USDA sponsored National School Lunch Programs and National School Breakfast Programs, the following links are provided:
- USDA Food and Nutrition Service: www.fns.usda.gov
- USDA Choose My Plate: www.choosemyplate.gov
- Alaska School Nutrition Association: www.aksna.org
- Alaska Department of Education and Early Development-Child Nutrition Services: www.eed.state.ak.us/tls/cns/nslp4.html
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.