Apply Now For Free and Reduced-Price Meals for 2016-2017 School Year

Free-and-Reduced-lunchApplications for Free or Reduced-Price Meals during the 2016/2017 school year are now being accepted by the School District of Palm Beach County. Eligibility for Free or Reduced-Price Meals is based on household size and income as outlined below.

To ensure your family’s application is processed by the first day of school, applications need to be submitted by August 1, 2016.  However, if a family’s financial need changes at any time throughout the year, applications for the assistance will still be accepted.

Applications may be submitted online by clicking here, and are also available by visiting the main office of a school.  Only one application is required per household to cover all siblings attending school.

Breakfast is always available to all students attending Palm Beach County schools.

FLORIDA INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

Effective from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017

FREE MEAL SCALE

Household Size Annual Income Monthly Income Twice Per Month Income Every Two Weeks Income Weekly Income
1 15,444 1,287 644 594 297
2 20,826 1,736 868 801 401
3 26,208 2,184 1,092 1,008 504
4 31,590 2,633 1,317 1,215 608
5 36,972 3,081 1,541 1,422 711
6 42,354 3,530 1,765 1,629 815
7 47,749 3,980 1,990 1,837 919
8 53,157 4,430 2,215 2,045 1,023
For each additional family member, add 5,408 451 226 208 104

REDUCED-PRICE MEAL SCALE

Household Size Annual Income Monthly Income Twice Per Month Income Every Two Weeks Income Weekly Income
1 21,978 1,832 916 846 423
2 29,637 2,470 1,235 1,140 570
3 37,296 3,108 1,554 1,435 718
4 44,955 3,747 1,874 1,730 865
5 52,614 4,385 2,193 2,024 1,012
6 60,273 5,023 2,512 2,319 1,160
7 67,951 5,663 2,832 2,614 1,307
8 75,647 6,304 3,152 2,910 1,455
For each additional family member, add 7,696 642 321 296 148

 

Once income applications are approved, meal benefits are in effect for the remainder of the school year, unless they are selected for The Verification Process and the parent/guardian does not verify.

Households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are required to list on the application only the child’s name, SNAP / TANF case number, and signature of adult household member.

Foster children will receive free benefits regardless of the child’s personal income or the income of the household.  If the foster family chooses to apply and the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meals, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits.

Households with children who are considered migrants, homeless, or runaway should contact the district liaison, Beth Lefler at 561-494-1547 or via email at beth.lefler@palmbeachschools.org.

For the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members are considered a part of the household. Families should include the names of the deployed service members on their application. Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them or on their behalf to the family. Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income.

All other households must provide the following information listed on the application:

  •         Total household income listed by amount received and type of income and how often the income is received (wages, child support, etc.) received by each household member;
  •         Names of all household members;
  •         Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and
  •         Four last digits of Social Security number of the adult signing the application or check the box for “No SSN” for this household member if he or she does not have a social security number.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted. Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed should also contact the school. Such changes may make the student eligible for reduced price or free meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown below. Under the provisions of the Free and Reduced Price meal policy, the School Food Service Director, or designee, will review applications and determine eligibility.

If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.  If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she may make a request either orally or in writing to:

Chief Operating Officer, 3300 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406 or calling  (561) 434-8510

Unless indicated otherwise on the application, the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal application may be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs.

For additional information please contact:

The School District of Palm Beach County, Attention: Magdalena Prieto, CPA, General  Manager, School Food Service, 3661 Interstate Park Rd N, Suite 100, Riviera Beach, FL 33404, Magdalena.Prieto@palmbeachschools.org

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