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Free and Reduced Meal Applications

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 Free and Reduce Application

Meal Application

These applications help ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 23-24 school year as well as provide information that directly impacts eligibility for other school programs, such as bus transportation, Title 1 Funding and Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food assistance.

How do children qualify for free and reduced price meals?

Any child at a participating school may purchase a meal through the National School Lunch Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced‐price meals, for which students can be charged no more than $.40. Children from families with incomes over 185 percent of poverty pay a full price, though their meals are still subsidized to some extent. Local school food authorities set their own prices for full‐price (paid) meals, but must operate their meal services as non‐profit programs.

How do I apply for free and reduced price meals?

You can now apply for free and reduced price meals online at If you are unable to complete an application online or prefer to complete a paper application you can pick up an application at your school's front office.

Do I need to fill out an application for each child in my household?

NO. Complete one application for all students and other family members living in your household.

Is my foster child included on the same application with the rest of my children?

YES. Foster children should be included on the same application with the rest of your children and family members living in your household.

If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?

YES. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting Food Stamps, TANF or other benefits.

Who should I include as members of my household?

You should include yourself, your biological and foster children, and all other individuals living in your household, related or not (grandparents, relatives, or friends).

What do I do with the application for free and reduced meals once it is completed?

You may return completed applications to the school cafeteria manager or the School Nutrition office for faster processing.

We are required to receive the original application for processing. We cannot accept applications by phone or fax.

I completed an application last year and was approved for benefits. Do I have to fill out another application?

YES. The federal government requires a new application to be completed at the start of each new school year.

How long does it take for my free and reduced price meal application to be processed?

All free and reduced price meal applications must be processed within 10 days of the receipt of a completed application.

For additional information on the operation of the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, along with additional School Nutrition Programs, contact the State agency in your state that is responsible for the administration of the programs. A listing of all our State agencies may be found on our web site at select your State from the drop down box and select “apply.”You may also contact us through the Communication Division at 703‐305‐2281, or by mail at 3101 Park Center Drive, Suite 926, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.

Eligibility Information & Meal Application


Free or Reduced Lunch applications will be mailed to all students/parents.

To receive free or reduced price meals for students, please complete a Free and Reduced Meal Application.


Apply for Free and Reduced Meals:


  • If you would rather have a paper application, you can download a copy of the application. Paper applications are also available at each school site and cafeteria.
  • Instructions for completing Free & Reduced Meal Applications are available for download as well.
  • Once your application has been processed, a result letter will be mailed to your home.  This letter should arrive within 10 days of submitting your application.


If your child receives food stamps or TANF, they are eligible for free lunch, if you have not received a letter of direct certification from our office, please complete an application.


A foster child or a child living in a group home is eligible for free meals regardless of household income.

Please complete an application to begin this process.


Being approved for Free or Reduced meals does not waive any school fees for programs outside of the School Nutrition Services. Fee waiver from your student’s school does not give you Free or reduced priced meals.


For additional instructions on completing an online application or a printed copy please contact the

School Nutrition department, 336-242-5635 between 6:30 am to 3:30 pm. 


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.
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