How to qualify for free or reduced school lunch
1First, to find out which schools participate in the USDA meals programs, contact your local school officials or your Child Nutrition state agency.
2Schools send school meal applications home at the beginning of each school year. However, you may apply for school meals at any time throughout the school year by submitting a household application directly to your school. Your school will provide you with an application upon request.
3If you are earning at or below current Income Eligibility Guidelines, it is encouraged you to contact your school to fill out a school meal application. The school or local education agency will process your application and issue an eligibility determination. To find out current income guidelines, visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Governance/notices/iegs/IEGs09-10.pdf
4If you are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, your child automatically qualifies for free school meals. Please contact your school to determine if you need to fill out an application. To find out more about SNAP benefits, visit link: http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/
5Once you’ve filled out the application and sent it to school, it takes a bit time while they determine if your child is eligible to eat lunch at reduced rate or even for free.
6After the school has reviewed your application, they will send you a determination letter which tells you, whether you are approved for free or reduced lunches. If the latter, you may only have to pay around $0,40 for a daily lunch.
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