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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

Los Padres y la carta de instrucciones de aplicacion 2017-18

Свободные и снижение заявка на 2017-18 гг.

Бытовые инструкция информация для 2017-18

 

 

 

 

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 2017–18:

INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

(Effective from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018)

REDUCED PRICE

MEALS INCOME

FREE

MEALS INCOME

HOUSEHOLD

ANNUAL

MONTH

WEEK

ANNUAL

MONTH

WEEK

1

$22,311

$1,860

$430

$15,678

$1,307

$302

2

30,044

2,504

578

21,112

1,760

406

3

37,777

3,149

727

26,546

2,213

511

4

45,510

3,793

876

31,980

2,665

615

5

53,243

4,437

1,024

37,414

3,118

720

6

60,976

5,082

1,173

42,848

3,571

824

7

68,709

5,726

1,322

48,282

4,024

929

8

76,442

6,371

1,471

53,716

4,477

1033

For each addtl. family member add

7,733

645

149

5,434

453

105

This program is open to all—discrimination is prohibited.

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;

 (2)   fax:  (202) 690-7442; or

 (3)   email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.