Free and Reduced Lunch

Free and Reduced Price Meal Application

Free and Reduced Price Meal applications do more than provide free or discounted meals. Every application also helps to determine state and federal funding for schools. Applications can also help provide discounts on technology and internet services, as well as making additional resources available for classrooms, teachers, and students.


Free Reduced Lunch Eligibility

Eligibility

In the following instances, household income is generally not a factor in determining benefits; however, other information may be needed to determining eligibility:
  • Foster children are eligible for free meals, and may be included as a member of the foster family, if the family chooses to also apply for benefits of other students. Including a foster child as a household member could help other students in the household qualify for meal benefits.
  • Students of households which receive SNAP, TANF or FDPIR are eligible for free meals. Eligibility is extended to all students in the household when the application lists an assistance program case number for any household member.
  • WIC participants may be eligible for free or reduced meal benefits.
  • Homeless, migrant or runaway students qualify for free meal benefits. To determine if one of these categories is applicable, please call the Title I Department at (386) 437-7526.
Once a determination of eligibility is made, benefits are good for the entire school year, plus up to 30 operating days into the following school year. When the 30-day carry-over period ends, unless the household is notified that their students are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, the students must pay full price for school meals. Households may apply at any time throughout the year and may reapply should their situation change. Students of guardians who become unemployed may be eligible for meal benefits.
 
Verification
The Department of Food and Nutrition Services reserves the right to verify the information on any application at any time during the school year.

How to Apply
No application is necessary if we notify your household, by mail, that all students have been directly certified. If you aren’t sure whether your students have been directly certified, please call our office for assistance. If your student(s) are not directly certified, a Free and Reduced Price Meal Application is necessary. Only one application per household is required.  

Right to Appeal
You have the right to appeal the decision of the Department of Food and Nutrition Services with respect to the application process or the results of verification by contacting the Director, Angela Bush, at (386) 437-7526. In the event you wish to appeal to a higher level, you may contact the Superintendent, Cathy Mittelstadt at (386) 437-7526. It’s important to note that the Income Eligibility Guidelines or federal rules pertaining to the program cannot be appealed or negotiated.

Free and Reduced Price Meal Application

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