Free and Reduced-Price Meals
How to Apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals
Free and Reduced-Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify.
If your family chooses to apply please complete a “Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form.” You may complete a print application form, or submit your application online.
You will be notified by mail of your child’s status. Until approval you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.
Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income.
- HOUSEHOLD SIZE means all persons, related or unrelated, who live in your home and share living expenses. Please include parents, children, and grandparents.
- The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the total of all the income each household member received last month before taxes. This includes wages, social security, pensions, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.
In certain cases foster children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals regardless of your income. If you have foster children living with you and want to apply for them, please contact us.
Community Eligibility Program
Several Federal Way schools are designated to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision program this year. Parents and guardians of students in those schools do not have to fill out the usual free and reduced lunch application, but are asked to complete an income survey in order to ensure their child's school qualifies for federal and state funding that is determined by parent income levels.
Instructions for Applying
Print Application Form
Only complete one application per family.
The information you give will be used to determine or prove you child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.
- Remember that you must complete ONE application per family.
- A new application must be completed at the start of each school year.
Filling out the form online has its advantages. Applying online is the quickest way to get your application approved. After you click “submit,” the district can review and process your application within a few days. Paper forms can take up to 10 days to process. If you don’t have Internet access or prefer to fill out the paper form, no worries — you can still do that.
Print applications can be obtained and returned (completed) to any school office or to Nutrition Services at 1214 South 332nd St., Federal Way, WA 98003.