If you have received a Notice of Direct Certification for free meals for the 2023-24 School Year, do not complete the application. But do let the school know if any children in your household are not listed on the Notice of Direct Certification letter you received.
Food Service FAQ - Click on the arrow to the right to see the answers.
Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
Should I fill out an application if I received a letter for the 2023-2024 school year saying my children are already approved for free meals?
No, but please read the letter you received carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Karen Moody firstname.lastname@example.org 215-944-1068 immediately.
Can I apply online?
My child’s application was approved last year. Do i need to fill out a new one?
Yes. Your child’s application is only good for last school year and for the first 30 operating days of this school year, through October 17, 2023. You must complete a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals for the new school year. If you do not complete a new application that is approved by the school or you have not been notified that your child is eligible for free meals, your child will be charged the full price for meals.
I get Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Can my children get free meals?
If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?
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-price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.