Wentzville School District Implements Free Lunch Program

The policy will be in effect through June 30, 2022


Paige Bostic

A student reaches for a bag of carrots to complete their free lunch.

Paige Bostic, Co-Editor-In-Chief of The Ledger

All students enrolled in the Wentzville School District are now eligible to enjoy free school meals for the 2021-2022 school year. Prior to the implementation of this policy, students from families whose income met or fell below the district income guidelines could apply for free or reduced-price school meals. However, due to waiver extensions from the United States Department of Agriculture, free meals will be given to every student in the district. 

The district has outlined income guidelines to apply for free or reduced-price meals. (Courtesy of Wentzville School District)

While a typical lunch, composed of an entree accompanied by a fruit or vegetable is free, “a’la carte” items will still cost money. To find the price list for each a’la carte item, click here. Adults will still have to pay for their own meals. A’la carte items include beverages, certain sides, dairy items, and various crackers and cookies. 

In a press release, the Wentzville School District encouraged families with income that meet or fall below the district income guidelines to still apply for free or reduced meal plans. Applications are available on the district website and at school offices.