Free/Reduced Meal Application

Please note: All meals are free for students in our buildings at Des Moines Public Schools. Every school day, each student is offered a free breakfast and lunch. There is no application process to receive free meals at DMPS.

At Des Moines Public Schools, nearly 75 percent of the student enrollment qualifies for free or reduced-priced meals. Families who earn less than 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals and those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of poverty level qualify for reduced-priced meals.

The prices for a paid breakfast and lunch are approved by the school board and the price of a reduced-price meal is established by the federal government. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s web site.

To determine your eligibility for free or reduced-price meals please complete an online application for the current school year.

If you have any questions, please call 515-242-7636 or contact the Central Nutrition Center at 1225 2nd Avenue, Des Moines IA 50314.