Free and Reduced Meals

  • Free or Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. To apply, please complete an online Free or Reduced Price Meal Application here or complete a paper application. Once the completed application is submitted and processed, you will be notified via email or mail of your child's status. Until notification, you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.


    The household size and income criteria identified here will be used to determine eligibility for free or reduced price benefits for school year 2022-2023.  Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

    Household application forms are being distributed by the school with a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced price meals for their children.  Only one application should be submitted for each household.  Paper applications are also available at the principal’s office in each school. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must complete the online application or the paper application and return it to the school. Applications will be considered incomplete if all information is not provided as described in the instructions provided with the application. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year as circumstances change. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data.

    Applications may be subject to verification at any time during the school year by school officials.


    Children who are members of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, household are categorically eligible for free meals.  School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation obtained directly from the SNAP office. School officials will notify households of their eligibility. Households who are notified of their eligibility but who do not want their children to receive free meals must contact the school. SNAP households should complete an application if they are not notified of their eligibility by September 30, 2022. 

    Households with children who are members of currently approved Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly food stamps, may submit an application with abbreviated information as described in the application instructions.

    Children certified as migrant, homeless or runaway by the district are categorically eligible for free meals.

    Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court are also eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Eligibility for the foster child is based on the child being the legal responsibility of welfare agency or court.   An application for a household that includes both foster children and non-foster must be completed for eligibility to be determined for the non-foster children.

    Children in households that receive WIC may be eligible for benefits.  An application must be completed for determination of eligibility.

    If a household member becomes unemployed during the school year, the household may be eligible for free or reduced price meals PROVIDED that the loss of income causes the household income to be within the eligibility criteria.  An application should be completed for determination of eligibility benefits.

    A household may SUBMIT an application ANYTIME DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.


Frequently Asked Questions: Free/Reduced Meals

  • We are in the military. Do we include our housing allowance as income? What if my spouse is deployed?

  • What if my income is not always the same?

  • Who should I include as members of my household?

  • May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?

  • Will the information I give be checked? What if I disagree with the school's decision about my application?

  • If I don't qualify now, may I apply later?

  • What if I got a letter already this school year saying my children are approved for free/reduced meals?

  • My child's application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one this year?

  • I get WIC. Can my children get free meals?

  • Who can get reduced price meals?

  • Can homeless, runaway, and migrant children get free meals?

  • Can Foster Children get free meals?

  • Who can get free meals?

  • Do I need to fill out an application for each child?