Dear Lower Lab Families,

It is that time again to fill out your SCHOOL MEALS APPLICATION. All families must complete this process. Even if you don’t want free or reduced lunch.

What you will need to provide during the application process:

  • The names and incomes of every member of your household
  • The school, grade, birthdate of every student in your household. (Optional)
  • The last 4 digit of your social security number and electronic signature
  • A valid email address or phone number for the Office of School Food to communication about the status of the application. (Optional)

Many students are eligible for free meals. To find out if your child qualifies, return a completed paper application*; (instructions included) to your child’s school or use an electronic device with an internet connection to apply online at

It takes just a few minutes to apply and only one application, either paper or online, needs to be completed for all children (pre-k to high school) living in your household.

Say yes to delicious and healthy school meals and complete your child’s application today. Completing it helps secure State funding for your child’s school.

If you have questions regarding the Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals contact SchoolFood’s Help Desk at 877.363.6325.

security lock  Your privacy is important to us. All information is kept confidential. Federal regulations do not allow the Department of Education to share your information with any other agency.

*Paper applications are only available at your child’s school

How long will this take?

The entire process should take 15-30 minutes depending on the size of your household and the information you are required to enter.

How long does it take to review (approve) my application?

In most situations, your district should process your application within 10 working days of receiving it. However, by submitting your application online that time is shortened in comparison to paper application submissions. Therefore, you can expect a quicker approval when using our online service.