Free and Reduced Meal Applications
A new application must be submitted each year to receive benefits. Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are available after August 20, 2016. The Federal Government has released a new Free/Reduced Meal Application this year.
Do not fill out an application if you receive a letter from us stating that your child is already approved for free meals because you receive food stamps.
New this year is the choice of completing the application online or in the traditional paper form.
- Apply Online! Applications may be completed online beginning this school year. Visit www.lunchapp.com and click on the Apply link.
- The paper-form packet is available and accepted at all of our buildings in includes these documents:
Kindergarten Students and New Students - All kindergarten and new students must pay full price for meals until his/her application has been approved, even if his/her siblings receive free or reduced price meals.
Free and Reduced Meals FAQs
- WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
- All children in households receiving benefits from Food Assistance Program (FAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Family Independence Program (FIP), are eligible for free meals.
- Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
- Children participating in their schools' Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
- Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway or migrant are eligible for free meals.
- Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household's income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits in this chart:
Federal Eligibility Income Chart for School Year 2016-2017 Household Size Yearly Monthly Weekly 1 $21,978 $1,832 $423 2 $29,637 $2,470 $570 3 $37,296 $3,108 $718 4 $44,955 $3,747 $865 5 $52,614 $4,385 $1,012 6 $60,273 $5,023 $1,160 7 $67,951 $5,663 $1,307 8 $75,647 $6,304 $1,455 Each additional person $7,696 $642 $148
- HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY?
Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven't been told your children will get free meals, please call or email Carol McKay at 906-635-6625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?
No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Brenda Garland, Food Service Director, 904 Marquette Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, 906-632-5656.
- SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?
No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Brenda Garland, Food Service Director, 904 Marquette Ave. Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, 906-632-5656, or email@example.com immediately.
- CAN I APPLY ONLINE? Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application.
- MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT ANOTHER ONE?
Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year, through September 30th. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year. If you do not send in a new application that is approved by the school or you have not been notified that your child is eligible for free meals, your child will be charged the full price for meals.
- I GET WOMEN, INFANTS, & CHILDREN (WIC). CAN MY CHILD(REN) GET FREE MEALS?
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. An application must be filled out by WIC households.
- WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?
Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.
- IF I DON’T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?
Yes. 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.
- WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL’S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?
You should talk to school officials: You also may ask for hearing by calling or writing to: Brenda Garland, Food Service Director, 904 Marquette Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, 906‐635‐3839 ext. 5828. firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals.
- WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?
List the amount that you normally get. For example, if you normally get $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only got $900, put down that you get $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but not if you get it only sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
- WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?
Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the applications, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields bank, as we will assume you meant to do so.
- WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?
Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.
- WHAT IF THERE ISN'T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY?
List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact Brenda Garland, Food Service Director, 904 Marquette Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, 906‐635‐3839 ext. 5828. email@example.com to receive a second application.
- MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?
To find out how to apply for Food Assistance Program (FAP) or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 1-800-481-4989.