The free and reduced-price lunch program is confidential, easy, can help your budget, and may increase school funding.
This program is open to all—discrimination prohibited.
Free and Reduced Meals
If your student(s) were on the free and reduced meal program during the 2018-2019 school year, please remember that they receive carryover benefits (Grace Period) for the first 30 operating days at the beginning of the new school year, or until a new eligibility determination is made, whichever comes first.
These are thirty actual school days.
The USDA has this in place so that families can apply for the 2019-2020 school year without an interruption in meal service.
Grace Period - the first day of school August 15, 2019 until September 26, 2019.
If you have questions about the F & R meal program, please call
Kim Price at 719-234-1416 or Sherry Pittman at 719-234-1282.
The 2019-2020 - Free and Reduced Meal paper applications will be available starting July 15, 2019 at the EAC only.
Applications for downloading from the district website will be available July 22, 2019.
Online Applications will be available through your Parent Portal in Infinite Campus starting July 22, 2019.
** If you are on the SNAP program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formally known as food stamps), please wait until September 1st before applying as the district will be conducting a Direct Certification with the state of Colorado and if you have a current SNAP number you will be automatically approved.
If by September 11, 2019 you have NOT received a notification of Eligibility through your Parent Portal Message Inbox or personal email on file with central registry, please submit an application for the 2019-20 school year on or before September 26. 2019 to ensure that there is not an interruption in meal service.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.
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;