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Lower Merion School District


Free & Reduced Lunch FAQs

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Dear Parents/Guardians:

Children need healthy meals to learn. Lower Merion School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast will be free for all Pennsylvania students during the 2023-2024 school year. Elementary school lunch costs $3.50. Middle school lunch costs $4.25, $4.35. High school lunch costs $4.40, $4.50.

Your child(ren) may qualify for free or reduced-price lunch meals. Pennsylvania students identified as eligible for reduced-price lunches will receive their meals free of charge during the 2023-2024 school year.

Please apply here on the School Cafe website and follow the instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

If you have received a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION for free meals, do not complete the application. But if any children in your household were missing from your eligibility letter, contact Karen Pinardo at 610-645-1990 or immediately.

If you have other questions or need help, call (610) 645-1990.


Nutritional Services Department


In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

(2) fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.