Improving Enrollment In School Breakfast & Lunch

You will want to enroll all eligible students in the free/reduced price meal program to feed all the hungry children in your school, improve their nutrition and maximize your reimbursement dollars. Increasing enrollment in your school meal program will also increase Title I funding for educational programs and eligibility across the community to serve free summer and afterschool meals.

 

1. Hunger Free Vermont's Guide to Increasing Enrollment in School Meals

2. Do an Enrollment Campaign in your School:

  • Hang this poster up around your school. You can customize the flyer with your contact information before you print it, so that parents have someone they can call if they need help filling out the application. Some school food service managers have also copied this flyer onto the back side of the menus they send home to parents.

  • Have your IT person post this web-ready message front and center on your school's website and Facebook page, and include it in your school newsletter.

  • Send this cover letter home to families along with the application or hand them out with the application at your school's fall Open House or other events for parents.

  • You can also send a more formal letter home with students for parents to read.
  • Use our sample language in your school’s newsletter, Front Porch Forum, or as a robocall to families. 

*Use Google Chrome or Internet Explorer for best results adding your contact info to printable materials. 
*If you have trouble opening PDFs from your browser, save a copy and open in Adobe Reader. 

3. Encourage ALL families, regardless of eligibility to return their school meal applications

Schools have found that when all families are required to return the application, many more will fill out the application. When all students return the applications, this removes the stigma for low-income students and reaches those families who mistakenly think they are not eligible. Invite families to support your school by completing and returning their meal applications. 

 

Don't forget- families who receive 3SquaresVT benefits are directly certified to receive free school meals. This flyer can be used to promote 3SquaresVT to your school community.