Message from the Director

Dear Butte School District Student and Parents,

Welcome to another great school year.  As you all know we are facing the pandemic crisis and are still proactively fighting the fight.   As the Director of Central Services for the Butte School District, I am proud of our school district in how we all have reached beyond the walls of our buildings.  We all worked together to prepare, to be creative and use every resource we had on hand to distribute meals and to keep the connection with our community.  Most importantly we found a way to feed your children.   I sincerely encourage you to have your child take advantage of the school meals that will be offered this upcoming school year. 

Please see below NEW meal prices for the 2020-21 school year:


Student                                    Full Pay           Reduced        Adult
Breakfast                                $1.60                 $.30                 $2.00
Lunch                                      $2.60                 $.40                 $3.75
Milk                                          $ .60 for all


Student                                    Full Pay           Reduced        Adult
Breakfast                                $1.60                 $.30                 $2.00
Lunch                                      $2.85                 $.40                 $3.75

Also, new this year we have three schools that qualify for the CEP Program (Community Eligibility Provision).  This grant allows schools with a high percentage of needy families to serve free meals to all students enrolled at that school.  This means if your child attends either West Elementary, Kennedy Elementary or Emerson Elementary their meals will be totally free.  This includes both breakfast and lunch.  Parents at these schools do not need to fill out a hot lunch application or have their income verified in any way to participate in the CEP program.  It is totally free to all students in these three schools!  BUT, if you have students in schools in addition to the three noted, you will still need to complete a Free/Reduced meals application to cover all your children.

Free and Reduced applications will be coming home with each and every student (except at West, Kennedy and Emerson School) at the start of the school year.  It is very important that they be filled out and returned as soon as possible so as not to incur unnecessary charges. If you have an incoming Kindergarten student this is especially true.  If you have any doubt at all about qualifying, please fill out the application anyway.  It is in your best interest to at least try to qualify for Free or Reduced meals for your children.

But it is not mandatory to apply for this benefit if you do not wish to participate! 

Please remember that you only need to fill out one application per household.  It is important in these difficult times to keep balances paid in full at all times so we can continue to provide meals at a minimal cost to everyone.  We do need to pay for the food we serve and we do rely on the revenue that comes from student accounts to pay our bills.  We are here and happy to assist you in any way, with helping you to fill out the actual application or to answer any questions or concerns that you might have.  We honestly want to see any families needing additional support receive this benefit.  We want to assure that all children get the healthy meals they need at school in order to succeed.

Please make sure to complete the Free/Reduced Meal Application and get it turned in as soon as possible.  If you do not receive a Notification of Eligibility Letter from us for the current year that means we have not received your application!   Please do not delay in being sure your students are qualified.  You may also mail or bring in your application at any time to 2801 Grand Avenue just to be certain that we receive it here at the Warehouse.

My goal is once again to make sure that no child in the district has to go to class hungry.  The food we serve not only fills them up, but provides the needed nutrients to grow and thrive.

We thank you for your participation in the school lunch program. We strive to provide a nutritious meal at a reasonable cost for all students.  I hope you will give your children a chance to try our school breakfast and lunch offerings so they may enjoy affordable, convenient, healthy meals at school!

Thank you for your support of the school meal program. Please feel free to call our staff at any time (406) 533-2590 with any concern, or if you would like to become involved in our on-going efforts to provide Butte’s kids with the food and environment they need to achieve success!


Kurt Marthaller
Director of Central Services
Butte School District #1



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