Application FAQs

  • Who should I include as members of my household?

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    You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends). You must include yourself and all children living with you.

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  • If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?

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    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 or reduced priced meals if the household income is within the limits of the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.

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  • My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one?

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    Yes, your child’s application is only good for the school year you applied for and the first 30 school days of next school year. You must submit a new application each year. 

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  • What if I received a letter this school year approving my children for free or reduced price meals?

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    Please read the letter you received carefully and follow the instructions. If you have received a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION for free meals, do not complete the application. Please email us at food@acps.k12.va.us if any children in your household are not listed on the NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION letter you received. Call the district (703) 619-8048 if you have any questions. 

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  • Can Foster Children receive free meals?

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    Yes, foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of your income. 

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  • Who can receive free meals?

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    Children living in households whose monthly income falls within the Income Guidelines released by the USDA for free meals. Children who are receiving SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF, FDPIR, and most Foster children can receive free priced meals. 

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  • Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

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    No, complete one application for the household. List all students attending schools that participate with the ACPS School Food & Nutrition Program in the student section of the application. Additional children/students in the household not attending participating schools will go under the “Household Member” section on the application. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information.

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  • Can I apply online?

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    Sure thing, simply click here and you will be automatically at the beginning of the application.

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