Unless a school provides meals to all students at no charge, schools must permit families to apply for free and reduced price meals. Schools must designate an Approving Officer to review and approve applications. Schools must also conduct verification of a sample of approved applications each year.
School Meal Free/Reduced Application
School Year 2015 - 2016 forms are available for printing. The pages are designed to be printed on 8.5 x 11 paper; the meal and milk applications must be printed on white paper. Some pages may be printed front to back. You will need to identify benefits that your school offers such as breakfast and after school snacks. The [bold bracketed fields] indicate where you need to insert your school specific data and information.
Required information that must be provided to households includes the letter to households, meal or milk application, the Notice of Direct Certification, and the Notice to
Households of Approval/Denial of Benefits.
Benefit Issuance Letters
These are letters that may be used by schools who are reviewed by
Child Nutrition Programs and who must complete corrective action
by contacting households to notify them of eligibility changes
resulting from errors found during an Administrative or Program
Review. These sample letters will save lots of time, will
facilitate the corrective action process and may save fiscal
action penalties for incorrect meal claiming errors by quicker
corrective action response periods.
Reduced Eligibility Reports
The agency publishes an annual report showing the number and
percent of students eligible for free and reduced price school
meals for every school that participates in the National School