Child Nutrition

Help Pryor Secure Needed Funding: Please Complete an Application for Free/Reduced Meal

Dear Parents of Pryor Students,

As you know the USDA Extended Free Meals for Kids through December 31, 2020. The U.S. Department of Agriculture extended several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020.  The flexibilities allow summer meal program operators to continue serving free meals to all children into the fall months.  This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the existing situation is — children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.  USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.

During this unparalleled time we are struggling with ways to maintain some regularity in all aspects of our lives.  Right now there is a very important need in our district which can only be met with your support and cooperation.  Pryor Schools depend on federal funds for the daily operations’ costs and to support the programs we have in place for our learners.   Funding is heavily determined by the number of students who qualify for the USDA National School Lunch program.  As a result of the free meals extended from the USDA at this time our qualifying student number is significantly lower.  We are asking all Pryor parents to complete and submit an application for the free and reduced meal program if you have not already done so.

The percentage of our free and reduced learners influences not only the funding for meals, but for technology initiatives through our level of e-rate funding.  Also this percentage influences the federal Title programs such as Title 1 for extra support for low income families, Title III for our English learners, and Title X for our homeless students.  Many special services are made possible due to the percentage of those who qualify for free and reduced meals.

We realize that you might not want to take advantage of our free or reduced meals, but our other programs will be negatively impacted if our numbers continue to decrease.  Many of our applications from last year’s carry over expired in September and if a new application is not filled out, then when the free meal extension ends, your child’s status will be at full price.

Please take a moment to fill out an application.  The application is available by paper in your child’s school office, or a simple process of online application is posted on our school website.  There is a box on the PPS homepage that says Free and Reduced Lunch Application.  Follow that link and it will take you to our online application.  If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to contact me at fairclothp@pryorschools.org, or call 918-825-3996.

Thank you for your help!

Patricia Faircloth, Child Nutrition Director 

Dr. Don Raleigh, Superintendent of Schools