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Important school meal information
July 11, 2022
Please read this important information about school meals.
The nationwide waiver which allowed free lunch to all students during the 2021-2022 school year has ended. Free lunch for every student is no longer an option.
Norwich Free Academy is not eligible to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, which allows students to receive school meals free of charge. Therefore, in order for your student(s) to be eligible for free or reduced-price meals, you must complete and submit a Free and Reduced-price Meal Application for approval. We are still awaiting the final application but wanted to alert you to this information. Once the application is ready, it will be on our website if you’d like to print it, fill it out and return it. We will notify you when the form is active.
Copies will also be provided to your student on the first day of school. And, for incoming freshmen families, we’ll have it available when you have the option to come on campus in August prior to the first day (more details on that to come!). The form will be due no later than September 12.
Students are entitled to continue receiving free meals for the first portion of our school year. Free eligibility expires October 11, 2022. Once we have received and processed your application, we will notify you of your student’s meal eligibility. If we do not receive an application, your child/children will be required to pay full price for breakfast and lunch beginning October 12. The cost of breakfast is $2, and the cost of lunch is $3-$3.50.
Families who receive state aid are considered Direct Certified (receiving SNAP, TFA, or Medicaid), and do not need to complete an application. They will be approved automatically and will receive notification prior to the first day of school.
If you have any questions about this information or the school nutrition programs, please contact Colleen DeClerk, Determining Official, at 860-425-5521 or

Nondiscrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.
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.