Free and Reduced Meal Program
The National School Lunch Program is a federally funded program that assists in providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals to students each school day.
One application must be fully completed for each household, each school year. Please include everyone in your household, list all income information (even if it is zero, please note income for students and adults), and sign your application. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.
- Be sure to review the FAQ ("Frequently Asked Questions") at the bottom of this page, to find answers to common questions.
Paper applications may be returned to the Food Services Office in person, by fax, mail, email, or dropped off at your student’s school. Electronic applications will be submitted to us upon completion. For contact information click here. You will receive an email with the results of your application. If you do not have a valid email address on file, a letter will be sent through the US Mail.
Families new to the National School Lunch Program will need to have their applications submitted and approved before the subsidy will apply, until that time, full charges will apply. For families that received benefits for the previous school year, subsidized meal benefits will carry-over for 30 school-days into the new academic year. A new application must be submitted and approved prior to that 30th day to avoid full-price charges on your student's account. Parents/guardians will be responsible for any accrued fees.
Free and Reduced Price Meal Program and Immigration Status
Recent media coverage of political issues surrounding immigration status and public benefits have caused us to receive questions about what role immigration status has in the Free and Reduced Meal Program. Simply put, no immigration restrictions exist for child nutrition programs; children may obtain meals regardless of their immigration status and their status and the status of their parents will not be impacted by receiving free or reduced-price meals under current U.S. law. Since free and reduced-price meals qualify as a "non-cash" benefit, receiving them will not affect the immigration status or process in obtaining or changing their immigration status.
A healthy, well-balanced meal is essential to student learning! We strongly encourage all students who may qualify for free or reduced priced meals to apply for this school-based benefit.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 206.393.4209.
Online Applications for Meal Benefits
2019-2020 Online and paper applications will be available in August 2019, until then the online option has been disabled.
Applications for meal benefits can be submitted using an online electronic application instead of a paper form. Log in to your Family Access account and select the Food Services tab to get started. Read here for an introduction to online meal applications.
Printable Applications for Meal Benefits
Free and Reduced Program- Frequently Asked Questions
My Shoreline School District student was free/reduced last school year. Do I need to fill out another application? Yes. A new application must be submitted each school year unless you have already received notification that your student was directly certified for free meals.
Do I need to submit copies of my pay stubs with my application? No. Do not send records with your application, although be prepared to provide supporting documents if we contact you for verification of eligibility.
How will I be notified if my application was approved/denied? Once the application is processed, you will receive a copy of the determination by email. If you do not have an email address on file, you will receive a hard copy through the U.S. mail. You are welcome to contact us to check on the status of your application.
I’ve had a reduction of pay. Can I reapply to reflect my new income? Yes. If your circumstances change at any time during the school year, please contact us with the new information. No need to fill out another application.
I have students that attend several different Shoreline schools. Do I need to fill out a separate application for each student? No. Please include all of your students on one application for the entire household.
May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You or your students do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced meals. We do not disclose your status to any other agency.
My child is transferring to a Shoreline school from another district. They were eligible for benefits in the other district. Will they automatically receive free/reduced meals at their new school? No. At this time, each district maintains their own records, so a new application will need to be submitted.
I need help filling out the form. Who can help me? You can contact us in the Food and Nutrition Services office or get assistance from the Family Advocate or Counselor at your student’s school.
How do I find out if my student qualifies for a reduction or waiver of school fees? Contact the office at your student's school for programs that are available.
I heard that Comcast offers a discount on internet service if we qualify for meal benefits? Yes, currently they do have a special offer on internet service. Click here to go to the Comcast site. You will need to have a copy of your determination letter.
I did not save the determination email/letter. How do I get a copy? You may contact us in the office and we can email or mail a copy of the letter to you.
I received a determination email/letter for meal benefits but not all of my students are listed. What should I do? Contact us in the office as soon as possible and we will look into your family record. No need to fill out another application.
I received an email/letter that says my application was incomplete and benefits were denied. What do I do? Contact us in the office and we will review your application over the phone. No need to fill out another application.
What is the fastest way to get an application processed? Fill out the electronic application on the Food Service tab of your Family Access account. Otherwise, you can bring your application to us in the Food Services office (located in the back of Hamlin park). We will process it while you wait. Applications that are mailed, faxed, emailed or dropped off at school are processed in the order they are received in this office.
My student was approved for free meals, why is there a charge on their account? Benefits include only the first FULL MEAL (breakfast and lunch). If your student chooses only a milk or juice, they will be charged the current price of fifty cents. Also, if your student chooses any additional items, such as snacks or a second portion, they will be charged accordingly. See "A La Carte" on the Menu page for more information about additional food and beverage for sale.
Are there other resources in Shoreline that can help families that need assistance? YES! Shoreline is fortunate to have a local Hope-Link center that offers food assistance, employment services, adult education classes, energy assistance and emergency financial help for qualified families. They are a great place to find other community resources as well. The Shoreline location is at 17837 Aurora Avenue North. Contact number - 206.440.7300.