Top Nav

Free and reduced-price school meals

The free and reduced-price lunch program is confidential, easy, and can help both your budget and your child’s school.

Your child may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

In difficult economic times many families who have never needed assistance before find themselves struggling financially.  If your family is in this situation, you might be able to save hundreds of dollars a year by applying for free or reduced-price school meals.

 

Online Application

To apply online, use the link below to reach the State of Oregon Online Free and Reduced Application.  We will receive your application directly from this Website.

Click here for Information needed to complete an online application.

State of Oregon Online Application

 

Print Application

Use the link below to print out a Free and Reduced application to fill out and return for processing.

 

Household Instruction Information 2016-17

Libre y Reduccion de Aplicacion para 2016-17

Los padres y la carta de instrucciones de aplicacion 2016-17

Бытовые инструкция информация для 2016-17

Свободные и снижение заявка на 2016-17 гг.

 

 

 

 

The benefits are significant.

Families who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch can save hundreds of dollars per child compared with buying full-price school meals or making meals at home.  The Oregon legislature provided funding to eliminate the reduced price payment for School Breakfast and Lunch.   For school year 2016-2017, breakfast and lunch will be accessible at no charge to students who qualify for reduced price meals.

There are extra benefits as well; students on this program can also qualify for reduced rates for other District Programs as well as reduced fees for other programs in your community (you may need to provide a copy of your award letter to these programs to qualify for discounts).

The school district receives federal reimbursement for the meals, and schools even receive additional federal funding based on how many students have applied and qualified for free and reduced meals—so if you fill out a form and qualify, you are helping both your family and your school!

This is a confidential program.

The only people who will know your child is receiving benefits are the nutrition staff. Children receiving free or reduced-price meals are not identified to other students or adults.

How does a family qualify?

If your household income is at or below the listed guidelines, or if your family receives food stamps, TANF, or FDPIR, you qualify! You can qualify for the program even if your situation is short-term, such as a temporary layoff.

How does a family apply?

Applications are available online, in your school office, and at the Nutrition Services offices, and can be returned to your school, the District offices or to the Nutrition Services office.  If your income or family size changes at any time during the school year, you may apply or reapply at that time.  You can even reapply if you were already qualified for reduced-price meals and a change in your family’s situation makes you eligible for free meals.  A new application (one per household) must be completed each school year to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. If you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please contact Russ Knott or Donna Haggstrom at the OregonTrail School District, 503-668-3377.
Federal income guidelines (pre-tax) for 2016–17:

INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

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

REDUCED PRICE

MEALS INCOME

FREE

MEALS INCOME

HOUSEHOLD

ANNUAL

MONTH

WEEK

ANNUAL

MONTH

WEEK

1

$21,978

$1,832

$423

$15,444

$1,287

$297

2

29,637

2,470

570

20,826

1,736

401

3

37,296

3,108

718

26,208

2,184

504

4

44,955

3,747

865

31,590

2,633

608

5

52,614

4,385

1,012

36,972

3,081

711

6

60,273

5,023

1,160

42,354

3,530

815

7

67,951

5,663

1,307

47,749

3,980

919

8

75,647

6,304

1,455

53,157

4,430

1023

For each addtl. family member add

7,696

642

148

5,408

451

104

This program is open to all—discrimination is prohibited.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the State of Oregon prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250, or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD). The USDA and Oregon Trails School District 46 are equal-opportunity providers and employers.