Online Applications for Meal Benefits

  • A new application must be submitted for each school year.

    Applications for meal benefits can be submitted using an online electronic application. Log in to your Family Access account and select the Food Services tab to get started. Be sure to go through the entire process and select "submit". If you are unable to successfully submit the electronic application, please contact us at 206.393.4209.

    Online meal application instructions: English -- Spanish 

    Once your application has been processed, you will receive a determination letter by email.

Printable Applications for Meal Benefits

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.

**Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)**

  • What is P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT Emergency School Meals Program?   

    Because of COVID-19, children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. P-EBT is a new and temporary food benefit to help families buy groceries because schools were closed. 


    Who can get P-EBT?

    Any family with a child in grades k-12 who is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Eligibility was based on the 2019-2020 school year status.
    P-EBT is available to all students regardless of citizenship or immigration status. The only requirement is a child must be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals (during the 2019-2020 school year).

    How do my children get P-EBT?

    There are two ways to get P-EBT:

    Families with Basic Food (food stamps): Between June 28th and July 7th, PEBT benefits will be added to the EBT card you already use. If your student received free meals based on your Basic Food status YOU DO NOT NEED TO APPLY for PEBT. Funds will be loaded to your card.
    Families with children who received free or reduced-price school meals (during the 2019-2020 school year): You must complete a P-EBT application before September 16, 2020.

    How do I apply for P-EBT? 

    There are two ways to apply: 

    1. Online:  (on the application, choose ‘Pandemic EBT - Emergency School Meals Program’ box in the food assistance section) 

    2. Call: 877-501-2233 (DSHS Customer Service Contact Center – language translation available) 

    P-EBT benefits are approved if the information on your child’s school meal application matches the child’s information on the P-EBT application with DSHS. You must complete a P-EBT application before September 16, 2020. 

    If my child is eligible, how much money will we get? 

    The amount depends on how many children in your home get free or reduced price school meals. The maximum benefit is $399 per child. You will get one PEBT card for all your children (for example: if you have 3 children, you will get one card with $1,197).     Families with children who became eligible for free and reduced-price meals after their school closed will get less than $399 for each child. It depends on when your family applied for free or reduced-price meals, or for Basic Food. PEBT Benefits ($5.70 per day) are based on the number of school days that schools were closed: 

    March - $68.40 

    April - $125.40 

    May -  $119.70 

    June -  $85.50  

    Can P-EBT affect my family's immigration status?

    No. Applying for or using P-EBT will not change a parent or child's immigration status. P-EBT is not a public charge. No one will ask about you or your child’s immigration status or citizenship when you apply for P-EBT.

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 letter 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 Family Advocate or main 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.