Jackson County Public Schools has announced that meal prices remain unchanged this year despite a significant loss of federal funding that will result in a deficit of nearly $130,000 for the program.

As a result of that loss, all JCPS families are strongly encouraged to complete the online application for free and reduced-price meals. Even families who do not believe they qualify for free or reduced-price meals are asked to complete the form because the rate of participation directly affects the funding for several other JCPS programs and services. Families can visit www.LunchApplication.com to access the simple and secure application.

The School Nutrition Program provides ways to pay for school meals through their confidential online payment system. Families can pay for meals in advance without having to visit or send money to a school. They can even set up automatic weekly or monthly transfers into a child’s account. To get started, families are asked to visit www.LunchPrepay.com and set up their account.

In the event a child who pays for meals at school loses or forgets their money, students in kindergarten through eighth grade are permitted to charge up to $10 for school meals. No child would ever be deprived of a meal due to lost or forgotten money.

Once a student reaches the $10 limit, they are offered an alternate meal consisting of a cheese sandwich, fruit, a vegetable and milk.

High school students and adults are not permitted to charge meals. Any family who cannot pay for school meals should visit www.LunchApplication.com as soon as possible to apply for free or reduced-price meals.

For more information about the JCPS School Nutrition Program, contact Laura Cabe at 586-2311, ext. 1936 or email lcabe@jcpsmail.org.