Free & Reduced Meal Applications
A new application and determination is required by the USDA each school year. If you need to apply for free and reduced for the current 2022-23 school year, pleae contact your child's school. Applications close on June 1 when the school day ends. Applications for next school year cannot be processed until mid July. Please do not apply for those benefits at this time.
Free and reduced price meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. A new application must be completed each year. Only one application per household needs to be completed. The meal application is available online. The process is safe, secure, private, and available anytime, anywhere. Paper applications are available at each school or the Education Services Center and can be returned at any school or the Education Services Center. The information you give will be used to determine your child's eligibility for free or reduced priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits such as curricular materials.
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 are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size. Medicaid does not automatically qualify a student. Please review: Medicaid FAQ for parents
If you currently receive food stamps and/or TANF benefits, you should receive an email from us stating that you are automatically qualified for meal benefits. If the email you receive does not reflect all students in your household, please contact our office at 317-773-3171.
New students to the district will need to fill out an application in order to receive benefits.