Davenport Schools Students Can Eat for Free in Coming School Year
All Davenport Community School District (DCSD) students will get free breakfast and lunch during the 2021-2022 school year, as part of the Seamless Summer Option funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will allow all students to eat for free every day, regardless of income.
Students and their families who would like to qualify for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) or other income-based benefits must still apply through the school district on the Free and Reduced Meal Application to be eligible for the funding. This application must be completed annually.
Students who choose virtual or online learning for the 2021-2022 school year will be eligible for free meals. Five breakfasts and five lunches will be available to pick up weekly from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Tuesdays starting Aug. 24.
Meal pick-up location is the same as last year: Davenport Learning Center, at 1002 West Kimberly Road. Students with special dietary needs or allergies must contact the district at 563-336-7430 prior to pick-up to ensure accommodations can be met.
A parent or guardian may pick up meals for the student. Students are always welcome to pick up meals,
but do not need to be present. This will be an open site, so families that homeschool or preschool half-day program students are eligible to pick up meals as well. Children must be between the ages of 1 to 18.
“It is important for families to apply for these programs as soon as possible, if they haven’t already,” said Coni Dobbels, Supervisor of Food and Nutrition Services at DCSD. “We want to make sure that the children of the community are able to stay nourished and healthy during these difficult times.”
Online applications are available at https://www.myschoolapps.com/. This application must be completed annually. Families will receive a letter confirming meal benefit status after the application is processed. Free or reduced-price meals cannot be provided without prior approval.
“You may apply at any time during the school year if the size of your household goes up, or if your income goes down, or if you start getting Food Assistance, FIP, or other benefits,” Dobbels said.
To learn more about the Davenport Community School District, please visit http://www.davenportschools.org/.