Free/Reduced Meal Application

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Apply or renew online today for free and reduced-price meal benefits. It's good for families AND for our schools!

It’s confidential, easy, and fast!

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A complete online application can be processed within 24 hours, opposed to paper applications that can take up to 10 business days. We highly recommend using the Online Meal Application process because it's easier and faster. The 2020-2021 Paper Meal Applications are now available.

              Locations to pick up a paper copy of the Meal Application
              1)  All Schools in the Main Office (see Office Staff).
              2)  All Schools in the Cafeteria (see Cafeteria Manager).
              3)  Nutrition Services Office at the Brogan Center, 1430 W Elna Rae St, Tempe AZ 85281.

Return the completed paper application to any of the above locations for processing.

Information collected on the application is confidential and will only be used for evaluating the eligibility for students for free or reduced-price school meals. You will receive a confirmation letter on the results of your meal application.

Meal Application Questions and Answers:

Meal Application Parent/Guardian Letter and Q&A - English
Meal Application Parent/Guardian Letter and Q&A - Spanish

Find out if your child is eligible for Free and Reduced-Price Meals.

Questions? Please contact Nutrition Services by calling (480) 642-1541, extension 7604.

 

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Applying for Meal Benefits - Good for Families AND for Our Schools. 

Through our commitment to feeding all children quality and nutritious meals, the Nutrition Services Department is proud to offer free and reduced-price meal benefits to students of income-eligible families and families who have been faced with changing financial circumstances. 

By taking a few minutes to complete our confidential application, you have directly ensured the financial support and successful continuation of our healthy, quality meal program for all children. Your child may receive other school benefits as well. The number of applications that are returned and approved can affect how much funding our school receives to help students meet academic benchmarks, including materials like books and computers.

Whether your child is a new or returning student, families who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals must apply at the beginning of each school year.

  • New to our school? Don't wait! Meal benefits do not begin until the day the application is processed and approved. This means that your child must pay for meals at the full price until we receive and approve your application.

  • Returning students - meal benefits from last year will expire on the 30th school day. The meal account will then automatically change to the ‘paid’ status and your child is responsible for paying for meals at the full price. To avoid interruption of meal benefits, please submit your meal application no later than August 31, 2020.  

  • Changing Financial Circumstances Eligibility - apply for Meal Benefits anytime during the school year. If a family has been faced with changing financial circumstances, eligibility for free or reduced-price meals benefits may apply. Life events such as those listed below can impact a family’s financial situation:

  • Loss of a job
  • Work hours have been reduced causing one to earn less money
  • A family member that had an income included in the original application has moved out of the house
  • A family size has increased
  • Loss of a house

 

 

Direct Certification

A student that was determined eligible for free meal benefits through Direct Certification in the previous school year will not necessarily be Directly Certified in the current year past the 30th school day – a meal application may need to be completed.  If a student is Directly Certified a confirmation letter of benefits is sent home with the student. If a confirmation letter has not been received by August 31, it is important to call the phone number below to find out Direct Certification status for the new school year.

 

Community Eligibility Provision schools (CEP)

No Applications Necessary! Five schools are CEP sites – Frank Elementary School, Holdeman Elementary School, Laird School, Scales Technology Academy, and Thew Elementary School.   

This provision allows us to provide both breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students enrolled at these schools without submission of a meal application.

Things to note:

  • If a family has a student that attends one of these schools, but also has a student that attends a school that is not CEP, a meal application must be completed for the student that attends the non-CEP school in order for her/him to receive free or reduced-price meals.  

  • A student that is leaving a CEP school to attend a non-CEP school must complete an application immediately; for example transferring from Thew Elementary to Curry Elementary or moving from fifth-grade to attend a middle school. As the student enters the non-CEP school, they must pay the full meal price until an application is processed and approved. Submit the application online for quick, next-day processing.

The District determines schools eligible to be part of the Community Eligibility Provision by data matching of student enrollment with assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

 

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/complaint-resolutionand at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

 

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