Free and Reduced Lunch Applications (and What You Might Not Know)



To the Families of Murphy Elementary School:Thunderhawk Logo

I hope this note finds you doing well and enjoying the summer prior to the start of the 2016-2017 school year!  I’m writing this letter to reinforce the importance of the Free and Reduced Lunch Program to your child’s school.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications (PDF) were mailed out so you’ve probably received a copy already.  What I wanted to write to you about was a little bit about what you can probably guess the forms are for but more so what many do not realize the forms are for.

What many can guess:  qualifying families receive reduced or no-cost meals for students.   But what many people aren’t aware of is that by filling out this form you can greatly help support our school (even if you don’t qualify for the lunch program).

What people may not know is that this program also provides money for schools to spend on educational support and materials through a program called Title I.  Title I is a Federal program that provides funding to schools to improve mathematics and reading instruction for students.  Every child that qualifies for Free or Reduced lunch generates money for the school district to use.

This school year the Title I program will help fund two full time Title I interventionists.  So the good news is that for this year we will continue to have Title I support (two full time licensed teachers).  The bad news is that nothing is guaranteed for the future.  Each year we are at the risk of not qualifying for Title which would mean losing the support of those valuable positions and support for kids.  As I mentioned earlier, we can only qualify for these funds if families turn in the Free and Reduced Lunch Form.

If you have not already done so, please fill out a Free and Reduced Lunch Form and send it back to school. Even if you don’t think you will qualify, fill it out. All information is confidential, no one at Murphy Elementary will see your form.  Filling out the form takes only a few minutes, and it can have a huge impact on our students.

Forms can be dropped off in the office or mailed to the listed address. 

School District Website info:

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

What you didn’t know

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications:

  • Need to be filled out each year.
  • May help families qualify for reduced lunch prices.
  • May help our school qualify for Title I support.

What is Title I?

Title I is a Federal Program.

Through Title 1, school districts can:

  • Hire teachers to lower student-teacher ratio.
  • Provide tutoring for struggling students.
  • Fund parent involvement activities.
  • Purchase instructional materials.
  • Host professional development for teachers.

Students do not have to receive free or reduced lunch to benefit from Title 1.

Schools receive Title 1 funding based on the percentage of their student enrollment that qualifies for free or reduced lunch.

Parents can complete an application for free or reduced lunch at the beginning of each school year.

Thank you for reading this!  Have a great day.


Sean Martinson

Dad to Four Amazing Kids
Principal – Murphy Elementary School ~ 218-259-3129

B.S. Elementary Education
M.S. Educational Leadership & Technology
Licensed Minnesota K-12 Principal and K-12 Superintendent

Certified Personal Fitness Trainer

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