FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FREE AND
REDUCED PRICE SCHOOL MEALS
(Printer Friendly Version)
Children need healthy meals to learn. Lee County Schools offers healthy meals every
school day. Breakfast costs $1.50;
lunch costs $2.10
in Elementary School and $2.25 in Middle & High Schools. Your children may qualify for free meals or
for reduced price meals. Reduced price students are eligible for breakfast at
no charge and $0.40 for lunch. This packet
includes an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of
detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you
with the application process.
Who can get free OR REDUCED
All children in households receiving benefits
from NC SNAP, the Food Distribution Program
on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or NC TANF, are eligible for free meals.
that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are
eligible for free meals.
Children who meet the definition of
homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
Children may receive free or reduced price
meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income
Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price
meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on the Guidelines.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN
QUALIFY AS homeless, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY? Do the members of your household lack a
permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other
temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are
any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or
household? If you believe children in your household meet these
descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please
call, the Lee County Schools Homeless Liaison or Migrant Coordinator
I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Use one Free and
Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We
cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all
required information. Return the completed application to: Lee County Schools Child Nutrition, PO
Box 1010/106 Gordon Street, Sanford, NC
27330, 919-774-6226 or your child's school.
SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED
A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE
MEALS? No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the
instructions. If any children in your household were missing from
your eligibility notification, contact Lee County Schools Child Nutrition, PO
Box 1010/106 Gordon Street, Sanford, NC
27330, 919-774-6226, or e-mail: email@example.com immediately.
MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST
YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW
ONE? Yes. Your child’s
application is only good for that school year and for the first 30 days of 16-17
school year or until your new application is processed. You must send in a new application unless you
received notification from the Lee County Schools Child Nutrition Office that
your child is eligible for the new school year.
If you do not send in a new application that is approved by Lee County
Schools Child Nutrition or you have not been notified that your child is
eligible for free meals , your child will be charged the full price for meals.
I GET WIC.
CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for
free or reduced price meals. Please send
in an application.
Will the information I give be checked? Yes. We may also ask you to send
written proof of the household income you report.
If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes, you may apply at any time
during the school year. For example,
children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible
for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income
What if I disagree with the school’s
decision about my application? You
should talk to someone in Child
Nutrition Services at Central Office, 919-774-6226.
May I apply if someone in my household is
not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You,
your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply
for free or reduced price meals.
What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive.
For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work
last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but
do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or
wages reduced, use your current income.
WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD
MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT? Household members may not receive some types
of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at
all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any
income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as
zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume
you meant to do so.
If you have other questions or need help, call Child Nutrition Services @ 919-774-6226.