2017-2018 Prototype Household Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals
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Complete one application per household. Please use a pen (not a pencil).
List ALL Household Members who are infants, children, and students up to and including grade 12 (if more spaces are required for additional names, attach another sheet of paper)
Definition of Household
Member: “Anyone who is
living with you and shares
income and expenses, even
if not related.”
Children in Foster care and
children who meet the
definition of Homeless,
Migrant or Runaway are
eligible for free meals. Read
How to Apply for Free and
Reduced Price School
Meals for more information.
Child’s First Name MI Child’s Last Name
Check all that apply
Yes No
Do any Household Members (including you) currently participate in one or more of the following assistance programs: SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR?
If YES > Write a case number here then go to STEP 4 (Do not complete STEP 3)
Case Number:
Write only one case number in this space.
Report Income for ALL Household Members (Skip this step if you answered ‘Yes’ to STEP 2) Report Income for ALL Household Members (Skip this step if you answered Yes’ to STEP 2)
Are you unsure what
income to include here?
Flip the page and review
the charts titled “Sources
of Income” for more
The “Sources of Income
for Children” chart will
help you with the Child
Income section.
The “Sources of Income
for Adults” chart will help
you with the All Adult
Household Members
A. Child Income
Sometimes children in the household earn or receive income. Please include the TOTAL income received by all
Household Members listed in STEP 1 here.
B. All Adult Household Members (including yourself)
List all Household Members not listed in STEP 1 (including yourself) even if they do not receive income. For each Household Member listed, if they do receive income, report total gross income (before taxes)
for each source in whole dollars (no cents) only. If they do not receive income from any source, write ‘0’. If you enter ‘0’ or leave any fields blank, you are certifying (promising) that there is no income to report.
Child income
How often?
Weekly Bi-Weekly 2x Month Monthly
Name of Adult Household Members (First and Last)
Earnings from Work
How often?
Public Assistance/
Child Support/Alimony
How often?
All Other Income
How often?
Weekly Bi-Weekly 2x Month Monthly
Weekly Bi-Weekly 2x Month Monthly
Weekly Bi-Weekly 2x Month Monthly
$ $ $
$ $ $
$ $ $
$ $ $
Total Household Members
(Children and Adults)
Last Four Digits of Social Security Number (SSN) of
Primary Wage Earner or Other Adult Household Member
Check if no SSN
Contact information and adult signature.
“I certify (promise) that all information on this application is true and that all income is reported. I understand that this information is given in connection with the receipt of Federal funds, and that school officials may verify (check) the information. I am aware that if I purposely give
false information, my children may lose meal benefits, and I may be prosecuted under applicable State and Federal laws.”
Street Address (if available)
Apt #
State Zip Daytime Phone and Email (optional)
Printed name of adult signing the form Signature of adult Today’s date
> Go to STEP 3
click to sign
click to edit
INSTRUCTIONS Sources of Income
Sources of Income for Children
Sources of Child Income
- Earnings from work
- A child has a regular full or part-time job
where they earn a salary or wages
- Social Security
- Disability Payments
- Survivor’s Benefits
- A child is blind or disabled and receives Social
Security benefits
- A parent is disabled, retired, or deceased, and
their child receives Social Security benefits
-Income from person outside the household - A friend or extended family member
regularly gives
a child spending money
-Income from any other source
- A child receives regular income from a
private pension fund, annuity, or trust
Sources of Income for Adults
Earnings from Work
- Salary, wages, cash
Net income from self-
employment (farm or
If you are in the U.S. Military:
- Basic pay and cash bonuses
(doNOT include combat pay,
FSSA or privatized housing
- Allowances for off-base housing,
food and clothing
Public Assistance /
Alimony /Child Support
- Unemployment benefits
- Worker’s compensation
- Supplemental Security
Income (SSI)
- Cash assistance from
State or local
- Alimony payments
- Child support payments
- Veteran’s benefits
- Strike benefits
Pensions / Retirement /
All Other Income
Social Security
(including railroad
retirement and black lung
Private pensions or
disability benefits
Regular income from
trusts or estates
Investment income
Earned interest
Rental income
Regular cash payments
from outside household
OPTIONAL Children's Racial and Ethnic Identities
We are required to ask for information about your children’s race and ethnicity. This information is important and helps to make sure we are fully serving our community.
Responding to this section is optional and does not affect your children’s eligibility for free or reduced price meals.
Ethnicity (check one):
Hispanic or Latino Not Hispanic or Latino
Race (check one or more):
American Indian or Alaskan Native
Black or African American Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander White
The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do
not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price
meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who
signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on
behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
(FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household
member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to
determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of
the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and
nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for
program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations
and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or
administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex,
disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or
funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille,
large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they
applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA
through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made
available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint
Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA
office, or
write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the
form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to
USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
fax: (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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For School Use Only
Annual Income Conversion: Weekly x 52, Every 2 Weeks x 26, Twice a Month x 24 Monthly x 12
Total Income
How often?
Weekly Bi-Weekly 2x Month Monthly
Household Size
Categorical Eligibility
Free Reduced Denied
Determining Official’s Signature
Confirming Official’s Signature
Verifying Official’s Signature
*Only use this address if you
are filing a complaint of