The Georgia Department of Education has announced the 2014 and 2015 U.S. Department of Agriculture policy for free and reduced-price meals for children in Georgia's schools.
The USDA's schools meal programs help make sure all students have access to nutritious meals.
How do I apply? You should receive an application from your child's school. If not, please contact the school directly.
Do I need to fill out an application for each of my children? No, you only need one application for all students in your household.
Who can get free meals? All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, your children can get free meals if your household's gross income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines (please see chart at the end of this document).
NOTE: If you have received a notice of direct certification for free meals, do not complete an application, but do let the school know if any children in your household are not listed on the Notice of Direct Certification letter you received.
Can foster children get free meals? Yes, foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
Can homeless, runaway, Head Start, and migrant children get free meals? Yes, children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals. If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and you haven't been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail your child's school.
Who can get reduced-price meals? Your children can get reduced-price meals if your household is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Chart shown at the end of this document.
Should I fill out an application if I get a letter this school year saying my children are approved for free or reduced-price meals? No, but please read the letter carefully and follow the instructions, or call your local School Nutrition Program Director if you have questions.
My child's application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one? Yes, a new application is required each school year. Your child's application last year was only good for the 2013-14 school year and for the first few days of this 2014-15 school year.
I get WIC. Can my children get free meals? Yes, children in households participating in WIC may be eligible free or reduced-price meals. Please send in an application.