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FWCS: Signup begins for free and reduced-price meals, books

Statement issued Monday:

The application for free and reduced-price meals and textbooks for students is now available online for the 2011-12 school year. Applications are accepted throughout the year but need to be returned by Aug. 10 to be processed in time for the first day of school on Aug. 23.

Applications are available online at http://ftwayne.schoollunchapp.com. Paper applications are also available at all FWCS schools, the Student Services Office at 1200 S. Clinton St. and Nutrition Services at 3211 W. Ludwig Road. Applications are available in English and Spanish.

Last year, nearly 70 percent of FWCS students participated in the federal program, providing free lunch to 18,514 students and reduced-price lunch to 2,819 students. Regular cost for an elementary lunch is $1.50, and breakfast is $1.10; middle and high school students pay 10 cents more for each meal. Reduced meal prices are 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast for students at every grade level.

Each school year, FWCS Nutrition Services serves more than 4.5 million meals that meet recommended standards for calcium, iron, protein and vitamins A and C, as well as track levels of cholesterol, sodium and fiber. Nutritional analysis for each meal is available at www.fortwayneschools.org.

Families can pre-pay for meals through the MyNutrikids Web site at www.mynutrikids.com.

Below are the income eligibility guidelines:

• Family of two - $27,214

• Three - $34,281

• Four - $41,348

• Five - $48,415

• Six - $55,482

• Seven - $62,549

• Eight - $69,616

• Additional family members - $7,067

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