Since the start of the pandemic, schools have proudly served all students breakfast and lunch at no cost regardless of family income. Unfortunately, free meals have not been extended for the 2022-2023 school year. Schools now need every family to submit a school meal application to ensure all students have continued access to nutritious meals.
Families who may not qualify for free or reduced price meals may think it's not important for them to complete these applications. That's not true! School meal applications are used for so much more than just certifying students for free or reduced-price school meals.
School meal applications also impact:
Every eligible form adds valuable resources to your school. Families submitting their school meal application help ensure all students can access these key benefits.
Completing an application takes less than 10 minutes and only one is needed per family (not one per student). Applications are completely confidential. No Social Security number is required. Since families' financial situation may change from year to year, every family should fill out a new application each school year.
There are a few circumstances under which families and schools may forego school meal applications: