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Eligibility determinations for free and reduced priced meals are based on Nutrition Services’ review of self-reported income and household size information or self-reporting of a Food Stamp Program / Temporary Assistance for Needy Families / Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FS/TANF/FDPIR) case number. Most initial determinations are made within the first several weeks of each school year, though applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.

Nutrition Services makes a second eligibility determination for a small sample of applications between the time of initial application and October 1st of each school year and this is known as the verification process and is a compliance requirement of the National School Lunch Program. The verification process was established in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in the early 1980s to serve as a deterrent with respect to household misreporting eligibility information.

In order to qualify for free or reduced price meals, families must submit a meal application. Meal applications are only good from July 1 through June 30 of each school year, therefore a new meal application must be submitted each year.

Meal applications are available at each school office and at the Nadine Griff-Mack Nutrition Center.

Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." The forms can be obtained and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.

Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.

Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

Foster Children - Foster children are eligible for free meals regardless of your income. Foster children can now be included on the household's meal application with other children.