The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
Only one application is required for all children in the household. The application for free or reduced price benefits cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application instructions. The last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member signing the application is needed. A foster child is categorically eligible for free meals and may be included as a member of the foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for benefits. If the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving meal benefits.
Below are guidelines for those that may benefit from free/reduced meals:
Categorical eligibility for free meals is extended (extension of categorical eligibility) to all children in a household when the application lists and Assistance Program’s case number for any household member.
Households with any member who is currently certified to receive Assistance Program benefits may submit an application for these children with the abbreviated information as indicated on the application and instructions.
Households with children who are categorically eligible under Other Source Categorically Eligible Programs should contact the Coordinator of Attendance at 439-1026 for assistance in receiving benefits.
Information submitted on the application may be subject to verification.
A household may apply for benefits at any time during the school year.
Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed may be eligible for free or reduced price meals during the period of unemployment.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.
A household may appeal the decision of the school with respect to the application using the hearing procedure by calling 439-1000 or writing Tina Hancock firstname.lastname@example.org
Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on the chart listed below:
FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART for School Year 2016 - 2017
Each additional person:
The online process assures data privacy and determination of student benefits is quicker. If you have questions or need assistance, call 205-439-1060 or 205-439-1061
Privacy Act Statement: This explains how we use the information you give us.
The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information in this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced priced meals. You must include the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Food Stamp Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced priced meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligbility with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund or determine benefits for their programs, auitors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.
In accordance with Federal Civils Rights Law and the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877 - 8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filling_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA BY:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights