Free and Reduced-Price Process

Households become eligible for free or reduced-price school meals by completing an application for educational benefits and/or meeting specific eligibility criteria that allows students to be listed on a direct certification report. Additionally, sponsors of school nutrition programs must verify a percentage of households annually to ensure households are receiving the correct level of meal benefits. Find U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) memos for the free and reduced-price process below. Find additional information about student meal applications, direct certification and verification in the left navigation menu.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) memos contain additional information on the free and reduced-price process.