Districts, Schools and Educators

Free and Reduced-Price Process Lessons 1-6

Refer to the Participant Workbook for terms and definitions needed to complete the Free and Reduced-Price Module Lessons 1-6 of the Essentials for School Nutrition training series.

Lesson 1: Free and Reduced-Price Process Overview

Students qualify for meal benefits and the level of reimbursement schools receive for meals is determined through the free and reduced-price process. Key Area: Administration, Learning Code: 3000

Video: Free and Reduced-Price Process Overview (20 minutes)

Practice Activity: Lesson 1 Practice

Knowledge Check: Free and Reduced Lesson 1

Lesson 2: Applications for Educational Benefits Overview

Household can qualify their students for meal benefits using an Application for Educational Benefits. The process to distribute and process applications follows specific guidelines. Key Area: Administration, Learning Code: 3000

Video: Applications for Educational Benefits Overview (35 minutes)

Practice Activity: Lesson 2 Practice

Knowledge Check: Free and Reduced Lesson 2

Lesson 3: Approving Income Applications

Household may qualify for meal benefits when the total household income falls within annual income guidelines. Key Area: Administration, Learning Code: 3000

Video: Approving Income Applications (36 minutes)

Practice Activity: Lesson 3 Practice

Knowledge Check: Free and Reduced Lesson 3

Lesson 4: Case Number/Foster Applications

Households receiving specific assistance program benefits and/or have foster children may qualify for free meal benefits. Key Area: Administration, Learning Code: 3000

Video: Case Number/Foster Applications (32 minutes)

Practice Activity: Lesson 4 Practice

Knowledge Check: Free and Reduced Lesson 4

Lesson 5: Direct Certification

Student data matched to assistance program data can automatically qualify students for free meal benefits. Key Area: Administration, Learning Code: 3000

Video: Direct Certification (47 minutes)

Practice Activity: Lesson 5 Practice

Knowledge Check: Free and Reduced Lesson 5

Lesson 6: Confidentiality and Disclosure

The free and reduced-price process exposes confidential information which can be disclose only under specific circumstances. Key Area: Administration, Learning Code: 3000

Video: Confidentiality and Disclosure (35 minutes)

Practice Activity: Lesson 6 Practice

Knowledge Check: Free and Reduced Lesson 6