To see if a family qualifies for free meals or for reduced price meals there are specific guidelines that must be reached.
Parents or guardians only have to complete one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in a household, Lindsey said.
“The completed application should be returned to your child’s school or cafeteria,” he said.
All children in households receiving benefits from SNAP, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families can get free meals regardless of the family income. Children can get free meals if the household’s gross income is within the free limits on the federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.
According to a Letter to Household for the 2014-15 School Year, if a parent receives a Notice of Direct Certification for free meals, it should not be completed, but school officials should know if any children in the household are not listed on the Notice of Direct Certification letter received.
Foster children under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.
Homeless, runaway, Head Start and migrant children who meet the definition of each term also are eligible for free meals. Children do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced price meals.