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Free and Reduced Price Meals

Meal Applications

Parents who believe their children may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals should complete the forms and return them to their children's schools. Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits such as the waiving of test fees, college applications, and sports fees. A new application is required every school year.

Factors considered in the application process

Household size is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses.

Total household income is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

Foster Children

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.

Parents

Resources are available for Amharic, Arabic, and Spanish speakers. Please Contact School Nutrition Services at 703-619-8048 for available times.

Additional copies of the Free & Reduced Price Meal Benefits Status Letter are available via your student's SchoolCafe account online.

Consent to share information for benefits for other programs (PDF)

For questions regarding Free & Reduced Price Meal Applications and Status Inquiries, please contact Sonya Grant, Administrative Specialist, at sonya.grant@acps.k12.va.us or 703-619-8407.

Community Eligibility Provision

FREE BREAKFAST and LUNCH will be provided to ALL students attending a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. The schools listed below are identified as CEP schools for SY22-23:

• Cora Kelly • Jefferson Houston PK-8 • Ferdinand T. Day • John Adams/Early Childhood Center (ECC) • Francis C. Hammond • Patrick Henry K-8 • James K. Polk • William Ramsay

Families of students attending these CEP schools DO NOT need to complete the Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals unless they have other children attending another ACPS school.

What does this mean for you and your child(ren)?

All enrolled students in our school district, regardless of income level, are eligible to receive a healthy school breakfast and school lunch at no charge each day. No further action is required of you. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application.

The CEP is a new alternative to the traditional meal application process associated with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. CEP alleviates the burden on families by eliminating household applications, while helping schools reduce costs associated with collecting and processing those applications.

For more information about CEP, please visit USDA.gov/school-meals/communityeligibility-provision

Non-Discrimination Statement: In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: Program.Intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.