Free & Reduced Meals
- Please note that the application is good for the current school year and the first 30 operating days of the following school year – so you should complete the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application every year.
- You may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
- Who qualifies for free or reduced meals
- Frequently Asked Questions about the application
- Use of information statement
- Non-discrimination statement
- Children can get free and reduced meals if your household’s gross income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.
- All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) can get free meals regardless of your income. This includes children living in the household who do not receive SNAP or TANF.
- Children in households participating in The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.
- Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals, regardless of income, and should be included on a household application. They are no longer considered a household of one.
- Homeless, migrant and runaway children should contact Ellen Reilly, the Colonial School District’s Home and School Visitor, at 610-834-1670 ext. 2108, for assistance in receiving meal benefits.
WHO SHOULD I INCLUDE AS MEMBERS OF MY HOUSEHOLD?
You must include all people living in your household, related or not, who share income and expenses.
MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN?
Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced price meals.
WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?
List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you make $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometime. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
WE ARE IN THE MILITARY.DO WE INCLUDE OUR HOUSING ALLOWANCE AS INCOME?
If you get an off base housing allowance, it must be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income.
MY SPOUSE IS DEPLOYED TO A COMBAT ZONE.IS HER COMBAT PAY COUNTED AS INCOME?
No, if the combat pay is received in addition to her basic pay because of her deployment and it wasn’t received before she was deployed, combat pay is not counted as income.
WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?
Yes. We may also ask you to supply written proof.
WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE DISTRICT’S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and 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_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of 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:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(202) 690-7442; or
3. E-mail: Elvery
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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