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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

On-Line Application for Free/Reduced Price Meal Benefits

Effective July 1, 2013, the on-line application link for USDA program for free/reduced price meals is open.  This is a new web-based site that provides families with the option to submit an application on-line at

This web-based program will walk parents and guardians through an easy step-by-step application process.  Please remember that military personnel add Base Pay, BAS, and COLA from their LES for a monthly (MO) earned income.  Housing and other benefits are not  counted towards your household income.

We strongly urge you to take advantage of this application process.  Waiting until school begins may delay approval of free/reduced meal prices when most other parents may be applying.  We do have paper copies in the school office if you prefer to submit a hard copy.

Please understand that the school does not keep copies of your application.  We just submit them to the State Office, and they make the determination regarding your child's meal status.

If your child received free or reduced meals during the past school year, there is a grace period of 20 days when their status carries over to the new school year.  Parents/guardians must submit a new application for the 2013-2014 school year.

We strongly encourage you to submit an application even if your child brings home lunch.  This coming year, we do not qualify for Title I funds (a loss of $140,000) because we did not meet the required percentage of students on free/reduced status.

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