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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved nationwide waivers for the 2021-22 school year, which allows all students to have a breakfast and lunch at no charge.

USDA still requires families to complete the free/reduced application to receive additional benefits, such as P-EBT cards, fee waivers, and transportation.

Cedar Rapids Community School District participates in the National School Lunch Program and National School Breakfast Program, which meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Each day, the food and nutrition team prepares 15,000 meals for students.

School meals provide the right balance of protein, dairy, grain, fruits, and vegetables, and are at an age-appropriate portion size, which ensures students get proper nutrition and the energy they need. Students who eat school meals provided by the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs are more likely to be at a healthy weight.

Research has shown that students who eat school meals perform their best academically, and those who eat school breakfast have greater gains in standardized test scores. Additionally, healthy eating correlates with fewer trips to the school nurse and better school attendance.

Contact the food and nutrition department at 319-558-2305 or

School breakfast

  • Provides one-fourth of a student’s recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, and calories. Three components that consist of a minimum of four food items must be offered; students have the choice to decline one food item.
    • Daily serving of fruit, vegetable, or 100% fruit/vegetable juice
    • Daily minimums and weekly ranges for grains with a focus on whole-grain rich items
    • Daily serving of fluid milk (Low-fat/fat free)

School lunch

  • Provides one-third of a student’s recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for protein, calcium, iron, vitamins A and C, and calories. Five food components must be offered; students must select at least three components in the required serving sizes; one selection must be at least one-half cup from either the fruit or vegetable component.
    • Daily serving of low-fat/fat free milk
    • Daily serving of fruit (½-1 cup)
    • Daily serving of vegetables (¾ – 1 cup)
    • Including a weekly requirement for dark green, orange/red, beans/peas (legumes), starchy and “other” vegetables
    • Daily minimums and weekly ranges for meat/meat alternatives
    • Daily minimums and weekly ranges for grains with a focus on whole-grain rich items

USDA nondiscrimination statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Iowa nondiscrimination statement

It is the policy of this CNP provider not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or religion in its programs, activities, or employment practices as required by the Iowa Code section 216.6, 216.7, and 216.9. If you have questions or grievances related to compliance with this policy by this CNP Provider, please contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office building, 400 E. 14th St. Des Moines, IA 50319-1004; phone number 515-281-4121, 800-457-4416; website:

Key contact

Jennifer Hook

Food and Nutrition Manager