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free and reduced lunch program

The Free and Reduced Lunch Program is confidential, easy and can help both your budget and your child's school.

Apply online:

Link to online application

Print an application with instructions:

Letter to Sweet Home parents about Free & Reduced Meals

2016-2017 Application in English

Milli Horton, Nutrition Services Director
Phone: 541-367-7149


Deshawnda Dye, Secretary, Nutrition Services
Phone: 541-367-7149


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

In these tough economic times, many families are finding their finances tighter than ever. The school meal program may be able to help. The program is confidential, easy, and good for both your budget and your child's school.

The benefits are significant

Families who qualify for free or reduced-price meals can save hundreds of dollars per child compared with buying full-price school meals or making meals at home. Students who qualify for reduced-price meals receive breakfast for free and pay only $0.40 per lunch.

There are extra benefits as well: students on this program can also qualify for low-cost, high-speed internet service and waivers or reduced fees for SAT, ACT or Advanced Placement tests. High School students, grades 10-12, may also qualify for a matched savings program for their college education.

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 information on your application is used only to determine whether or not your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals and for administration and enforcement of the lunch program. We may share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs; auditors for program reviews; and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules. We may share the information on this form with Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), unless you tell us not to. The information, if disclosed, will only be used to identify eligible children and seek to enroll them in Medicaid or SCHIP.

How does a family qualify?

If your household income is at or below the federal 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 or a displaced housing situation.

Note: If you received a Notice of Eligibility letter from Adult and Family Services, give that notice to the school. You do not need to complete a meal application.

How does a family apply?

A new application (one per household) must be completed each school year to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Applications are available online and at your school's office. You will be notified by mail if your application is approved or denied. If you qualify, please make sure to save your approval letter in case you would like to take advantage of the benefits listed above.

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.

If you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please contact Milli Horton or Deshawnda Dye in Nutrition Services at 541-367-7149.

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 Sweet Home School District #55 are equal-opportunity providers and employers.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.