Families are encouraged to contact their local school for details on accessing free and reduced-price meals 

SPRINGFIELD – With students returning to classrooms across the state, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is announcing the eligibility guidelines for students to receive free and reduced-price lunch, breakfast, and after-school snacks through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). NSLP and SBP are funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered by ISBE.

USDA waivers specific to the COVID-19 pandemic are expiring, so schools are now returning to free, reduced-price, and paid eligibility for students. 

Families are encouraged to contact their local school(s) for details about accessing free and reduced-price meals, as the process may vary across school districts. 

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