Is your student eligible for free lunch or breakfast at school?

Schools across Oregon provide millions of breakfasts and lunches to students every year.

Over 315,000 kids are eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program, and yet only about 205,000 kids participate. Is your student missing out? As a parent or guardian, you know that healthy food with good nutrition is essential for your child to have energy, think clearly, and be able to focus on the tasks of the school day.

How to Apply

STEP 1

Contact your local school office to ask about school meals application (Call or check their website). An online application is also available through the Oregon Department of Education. You can apply any time of the year, not just when you register at the start of school.


STEP 2

Complete and turn in the application to the school.


STEP 3

Watch your student grow by being fueled for learning – giving you peace of mind!

How Does it Work?

Did you know, most schools offer several programs to ensure eligible children can access nutritional meals in school. Meal programs include:

The Oregon Department of Education administers these programs through the School Nutrition Programs department, working with the nutrition staff of each individual school. Participation allows schools to receive reimbursement for each breakfast, lunch, supper or snack served. In return, schools serve nutritious meals that meet USDA standards.

In Oregon, all children who would qualify for reduced-price meals now receive them for free, thanks to additional state funding.

Families who don’t qualify based on their income are still welcome and encouraged to buy school meals, and can pay for them by contacting their school. The Oregon Department of Education administers these programs through the School Nutrition Programs department, working with the nutrition staff of each individual school.

Is my Student Eligible?

It is important that you apply for your child through your school as the USDA reimburses schools for the cost of the meal at variable rates depending on eligibility, allowing the program to work for all students.

Below 185% federal poverty level

If your household income is below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level, your child is eligible for free school meals.


Homeless or foster care

Students who are homeless or in Foster Care also qualify.


Receive SNAP or TANF benefits

If your family receives benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), regardless of the amount, you will qualify for free school meals. If you are not on SNAP, or have never applied for SNAP or School Meals, your child may still be eligible for free breakfast and lunch in school based on your family income.

Current Income Eligibility Guidelines

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