Free meals for all students ends with the 2021-22 school year

School LunchWhen the 2021-2022 school year ends, so do free meals for every student.

While the federal government funded a program that allowed all students access to free meals during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress recently declined to continue funding this program. This means all families will need to carry a positive balance in their children’s school meal accounts when school begins next fall.

If your student qualifies for free or reduced meals, they can still receive them next year, here is how to make it happen.

Complete an Application for Free and Reduced Meals

  1. Complete the application online before the end of this school year if you have not School Lunchalready filled out an application for the 2021-2022 school year. This will give you a 30-day grace period at the start of the 2022-2023 school year to complete another application for next year.
  2. Then, fill out the 2022-2023 online application which will be available on the District’s website after July 1, 2022. Even if you complete the 2021-2022 application, you will still need to complete the 2022-2023 application as well.

Screen Shot 2022 04 11 at 11.16.34 AMTo apply for free or reduced meals, please complete the application through our website.  (

For assistance completing the application or for questions, please contact the Nutrition Department at 515-278-0278.

The Johnston Community School District is an equal opportunity provider.

About Nutrition Services

The Nutrition Services Department offers nutritionally balanced, appetizing school meals to the students and staff of the Johnston Community School District. Meals are planned to follow high nutritional standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Nutrition Services Personnel

Larae Doll staff photo
Director Nutrition & Food Services
District Office
Cheryl Spring staff photo
Secretary Nutrition
District Office
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Secretary Nutrition
District Office