families and schools partner to complete Free and Reduced-Price Meal
Applications, both benefit from the following:
and reduced-price meals for students;
to ACT testing at no cost to the family;
to discounted rates for internet services and other supports;
educational program funding, such as eRate and Title 1; and
state Categorical Funding.
students may also have access to endorsed concurrent credit courses at no cost
to the family, per requirements of Act 1118 of 2017.
policies govern the free and reduced-price meal application process. Federal
Regulation 7CFR 245.6(1) states, “The local educational agency cannot require
the household to submit an application for each child attending its schools.”
practices in the collection of applications can include, but are not limited to, the following:
with parents and guardians the benefits for both families and schools;
community outreach to encourage households to submit applications for meal
the community information regarding free and reduced-price meals by posting
applications in parent centers, post offices, grocery stores, employment
offices, county health units, and other community buildings; and
technology (call-outs, emails, apps, websites, etc.) to remind families that
meal benefits are available to all students at any time during the school year.
should continue to rely on their district official(s) to accurately determine
the eligibility of students for free and reduced-price meals. These individuals
are trained regarding the appropriate methods and requirements for approval and
denial of all applications. The determining official will communicate with
households if additional information or clarifications are needed prior to
making the determination of the benefit, and information will be kept
information regarding federal policies and guidelines, please contact the Child
Nutrition Unit at (501) 324-9502.