To receive the Free and Reduced-Price Meals benefit, families need to submit a new household application at the start of each school year. Families that were eligible for meals last year will have until October 19, 2020, to reapply without losing benefits.
Paper applications are available at APS meal sites, and online applications are available on the APS Food & Nutrition Services webpage. Families that are receiving SNAP, TANF or Medicaid may not have to fill out an application. The APS Office of Food & Nutrition Services has begun processing students who are directly certified to receive free meals in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and families have begun to receive eligibility notifications in the mail. Families that receive notification of direct certification do not need to apply.
The Community Eligibility Provision is a non-pricing meal service option for schools that meet the income requirements for the program. This year, five schools meet the criteria for this program, which entitles ALL students at those schools to receive free meals, including: Barcroft, Barrett, Carlin Springs, Dr. Charles R. Drew, and Randolph. Families with students attending these schools do not need to complete an application. However, siblings attending non-CEP schools still need to apply. Details are available on the APS Food and Nutrition Services website.