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. Be sure to include everyone in your household, list all income information (even if it is zero, please note it for both 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 application will be submitted to us upon completion. For contact information click here. You will receive an email or letter with the results of your application.

    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 students account. Parents/guardians will be responsible for any accrued fees.

NEW-Online Applications

  • Available now, you can apply for meal benefits using an online application instead of a paper form. Read here for an introduction to online meal applications. Log in to your Family Access account and select the Food Services tab to get started.

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 should we contact you to request documents 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 letter 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.

    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 here 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 free or reduced meals?  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 free/reduced priced meals but not all of my students are listed. What should I do?  Contact us in the office and we can 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 can 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.