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Free And Reduced-Price Meals Information

Information for Parents and GuardiansTop of Page

Children need healthy meals to learn.  Cedar Springs Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day.  Students may purchase breakfast and lunch.  Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced priced meals.  Please complete the application at  

Who Can Get Free Meals?Top of Page

Children in households getting Food Assistance Program (FAP), Family Independence Program (FIP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) can get free meals regardless of your income.  Also, your children can get free meals if you household income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.

Can Foster Children Get Free Meals?Top of Page

Yes, foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.  Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income.  They may also be included as household members on family applications if other family members wish to apply for free or reduced price meals.

Should I Complete an Application if I Received a Letter Saying My Children Are Approved For Free Meals?Top of Page

Please read the letter you received carefully and follow any instructions provided.  Contact the Food Service Department if you have any questions.

I Receive Women, Infants, & Children (WIC). Can My Children Get Free Meals?Top of Page

Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.  An application must be completed by WIC households.

How Do I Report My Income?Top of Page

Report all amounts in GROSS INCOME ONLY. Report all income in whole dollars. Do not include cents.  
-Gross income is the total income received before taxes.
-Many people think of income as the amount they “take home” and not the total, “gross” amount. Make sure that the income you report on this application has NOT been reduced to pay for taxes, insurance premiums, or any other amounts taken from your pay.
Write a “0” in any fields where there is no income to report. Any income fields left empty or blank will also be counted as a zero. If you write ‘0’ or leave any fields blank, you are certifying (promising) that there is no income to report. If local officials suspect that your household income was reported incorrectly, your application will be investigated.·    
Mark how often each type of income is received using the check boxes to the right of each field.

Who Should I Include As Members Of My Household?Top of Page

You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends), who share income and expenses.  You must include yourself and all children living with you.  If you live with other people who are economically independent (for example, people who you do not support, who do not share income with you or your children, and who pay a pro-rated share of the expenses), do NOT include them.

Do I Need to Fill Out an Application for Each Child?Top of Page

No.  Complete one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application for all students in your household.  We cannot approve an application that is not complete.  Be sure to complete all required information.

Can Homeless, Runaway, and Migrant Children get Free Meals?Top of Page

Yes, children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway or migrant qualify for free meals.  If you have not been informed your children will get free meals, please contact Ashley Reynolds, Homeless Liaison to see if your children qualify.

Who Can Get Reduced Price Meals?Top of Page

Your children can get low cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.  Complete an application to determine if you qualify.

My Child's Application was Approved Last Year. Do I need to Complete Another Application?Top of Page

Yes.  Your child's application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of the school year.   You must complete a new application.

If I Do NOT Qualify Now, May I Apply Later?Top of Page

Yes, You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting FAP, FIP, FDPIR or other benefits.

Do I Need To Report Income Earned by My Child's?Top of Page

Report all income earned or received by children. Report the combined gross income for ALL children listed in STEP 1 in your household in the box marked “Child Income.” Only count foster children’s income if you are applying for them together with the rest of your household.

What is Child Income?

Child income is money received from outside your household that is paid DIRECTLY to your children. Many households do not have any child income.