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Apply or Renew for Free & Reduced-Price Meals

It’s confidential, easy, and fast!

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Families Must Apply for Meal Benefits for Their Child Each School Year.

Online Meal Application for School Year 2018-2019 is now available.

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A complete online application can be processed next day, opposed to paper applications that can take up to 10 business days. Just click the button above to get started!

Please note, paper applications take longer to fill out and process. We highly recommend using the Online Meal Application process because it's easier and faster. 2018-2019 Paper Meal Applications will be available starting July 8, 2018 and can be obtain at one of the following locations. 

                           Locations for Paper Meal Application
              1)  Pick up an application at  'Meet the Teacher Night' .
              2)  All Schools in the Main Office (see Office staff).
              3)  All Schools in the Cafeteria (see Cafeteria Manager).
              4)  Nutrition Services Office at the Brogan Center, 1430 W Elna Rae St, Tempe AZ 85281.

Return the completed 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.

Questions? Please contact Nutrition Services by calling 480-642-1541 X7608.  

Click here to find out if your child is eligible for Free and Reduced-Price Meals.

Curry_Firstday_CafeteriaGirlsApplying 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 account will then automatically change and your child is responsible for paying meals. To avoid interruption of meal benefits, please submit your meal application no later than August 31, 2018.  

Meal Application Questions and Answers:

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

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).

Applying for Free and Reduced Price Meal Benefits:

 

New Student:

For a family new to the District, the student is enrolled in the paid category until a meal application is processed and benefit status determined. Meal benefit status does not follow a student from the previous district attended; a new application must be completed. When a student is in the paid category, the student must pay for lunch at the full price – $2.50 at elementary schools and $2.75 at middle schools. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for lunch payments, and any negative balance that accrues. Free or reduced price meal benefits do not begin until the day the application is processed and approved in our system. 

Processing applications quickly is a priority of Nutrition Services. Please note that due to volume the approval process may take up to 10 days. Complete the application on-line for quick and easy submission, and faster processing. The online application can be found at www.tempeschools.org/mealapplication. Applications are also available at the school. Once an application has been processed and benefits determined, a confirmation letter of benefits is sent home with the student. 

Any questions about the application process or meal benefit status can be answered by calling 480-642-1541 x7608.

 

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Returning Student:

Parents/guardians must apply for meal benefits for their child every year. If a student was eligible for free or reduced price meals last school year, that benefit stays with the student for the first 30 school days of the new school year. However, the benefit will expire at the end of that 30th day. An application must be submit NO LATER than August 31 to avoid any interruption in meal benefits. 

If the new application is not received and processed before benefits expire, the student’s account will change to a paid status. When the student’s account changes to paid, lunches will be charged at the full price – $2.50 at elementary schools and $2.75 at middle schools. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for lunch payments, and any negative balance that accrues. Free or reduced price meal benefits do not begin until the day the application is processed and approved in our system. 

Processing applications quickly is a priority of Nutrition Services. Please note that due to volume the approval process may take up to 10 days. Complete the application on-line for quick and easy submission, and faster processing. The online application can be found at www.tempeschools.org/mealapplication. Applications are also available at the school. Once an application has been processed and benefits determined, a confirmation letter of benefits is sent home with the student. 

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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.

Any questions about the application process or meal benefit status can be answered by calling 480-642-1541 x7608.

 

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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and 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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