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Free and Reduced Price Meals

All students who qualify for free or reduced price meals receive meals free of charge. Instructions on completing and submitting your application are provided below. Please contact the Nutrition Services Office at 206-252-0675 if you have questions or need additional assistance.

The following information is provided to help you understand the application process and how each section of the application should be completed.


Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application and Instructions for 2014-15


Download the instructions and applications below. Complete and accurate applications are required for timely processing.

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Submitting Applications Before the School Year Begins
We encourage all eligible families to submit a new application for free and reduced price meals prior to the start of each new school year. This allows the application to be processed and the correct eligibility established before school starts. Applications for the upcoming school year are mailed to the home address of all registered students approximately four weeks before school starts. Copies of applications may also be downloaded above.  Completed applications should be mailed to: 
                   Nutrition Services - MS: 32-372
                   Seattle Public Schools
                   2445 3rd Ave S
                   P.O. Box 34165
                   Seattle, WA 98124

Submitting Applications After the School Year Begins: completed applications can be submitted at your student's lunchroom or mailed to Nutrition Services.


Who Should Apply?


 You should complete the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Application if:

 

  • Your household income is SAME or LESS than the amount on the Income Chart (see below).
  • You receive Basic Food.
  • You take part in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • You receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • You are applying for a Foster Child

 

Income Chart - Effective From July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Family Size Yearly Gross Income Monthly Gross Income Twice Per Month Gross Income Every Two Weeks Gross Income Weekly Gross Income
         1 $21,590 $1,800 $900 $831 $416
         2 $29,101 $2,426 $1,213 $1,120 $560
         3 $36,612 $3,051 $1,526 $1,409 $705
         4 $44,123 $3,677 $1,839 $1,698 $849
         5 $51,634 $4,303 $2,152 $1,986 $993
         6 $59,145 $4,929 $2,465 $2,275 $1,138
         7 $66,656 $5,555 $2,778 $2,564 $1,282
         8 $74,167 $6,181 $3,091 $2,853 $1,427
Each additional household member add: + $7,511 + $626 + $313 + $289 + $145

 

Application Definitions


Household Size: All persons, including parents, children, grandparents, and all people related or unrelated who live in your home and share living expenses.  If applying for a household with a foster child, you may include the foster child in the total household size.

Total Household Income: The income each household member received before taxes.  This includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.  If including a foster child as part of the household, you must also include the foster child's personal income.  Do not report foster payment as income.

Application Instructions


The information that is required to complete the application form varies depending on your household situation. Review the three household categories below to determine how your family must complete the application. Each of the categories includes a list of the specific information that must be provided for the application form to be valid and an example of how the form should be filled out for each household category.

 

Instructions for Households that do not receive Basic Food, TANF, or FDPIR
  • SECTION 1: List all students that are enrolled in Seattle Public Schools.
  • SECTION 2: List names of all other household members. Enter the income and indicate how often the income is received. Benefits are based on family size and combined income so it is important everyone is listed.
  • SECTION 3: List the number of all household members living in your household.
  • SECTION 4: Adult household member completing the application must print and sign their name, write in the date, and provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (or if you do not have a social security number, check the box), home address, and both their home and work phone numbers.
  • OTHER GREAT REASONS TO APPLY (front side of application form): Check the boxes of the additional school benefits you would like to receive for your student or students if they qualify for free or reduced price meal benefits and add your signature and date below the checked boxes.
  • NOTE: You must complete and have your application for free and reduced priced meals approved to qualify for these additional benefits. See the other benefits section below for more information.

 

Instructions for Households that receive Basic Food, TANF, or FDPIR
  • SECTION 1: List all students that are enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. List the Basic Food, TANF, or FDPIR case number for each child.
  • SECTION 2: SKIP
  • SECTION 3: SKIP
  • SECTION 4: Adult household member completing the application must print and sign their name and write in the date. No additional information is required in this section.
  • OTHER GREAT REASONS TO APPLY (front side of application form): Check the boxes of the additional school benefits you would like to receive for your student(s) if they qualify for free or reduced price meal benefits and add your signature and date below the checked boxes.
  • NOTE: You must complete and have your application for free and reduced priced meals approved to qualify for these additional benefits. See the other benefits section below for more information.

 

Instructions for Households with Foster Children
  • SECTION 1: List the foster child(ren) and check the box indicating student is a foster child.
  • SECTION 2: SKIP
  • SECTION 3: SKIP
  • SECTION 4: Adult household member completing the application must print and sign their name and write in the date. No additional information is required in this section.
  • OTHER GREAT REASONS TO APPLY (front of application form): Check the boxes of the additional school benefits you would like to receive for your student(s) if they qualify for free or reduced price meal benefits and add your signature and date below the checked boxes.
  • NOTE: You must complete and have your application for free and reduced priced meals approved to qualify for these additional benefits. See the other benefits section below for more information.

Additional Information


 

  • Proof of Eligibility: The information you provide may be verified at any time. You may be asked to send information to prove your student is eligible to receive free and reduced priced meals
  • Hearing on Decision: If you do not agree with the decision on your student's application or the process used to prove income eligibility, you may talk with Wendy Weyer the fair hearing official. You have the right to a fair hearing which may be arranged by calling or writing Wendy Weyer, Nutrition Services, 2445 Third Avenue South, PO Box 34165, Seattle, WA 98124-1165, Telephone (206) 252-0677.
  • Reapplying for Benefits: You may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If you should have a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, or become unemployed, or receive basic food, FDPIR or TANF, you may be eligible for benefits and may fill out an application at that time.

 

Other Benefits


If your student qualifies for free or reduced price meals, discounted or free school services may also be available. Ask your school for more information about benefits available at your school as benefits vary from school to school.  Benefits may include:

  • Advanced Placement Tests
  • College Bound Scholarships
  • Running Start Books
  • Athletic Fees
  • Associated Student Body Fees
  • Event Fees
  • Pre-College Exams (PSAT/SAT/ACT)
  • College Application Fees
  • All-day Kindergarten Tuition
  • Field trips, Summer Programs and Camps
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision

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