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School Meals

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The National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program promote the health and well-being of children by providing nutritious meals to children in public and private schools.
School meals contain one-third of the Recommended Dietary Intakes for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and calories with no more than 30% of the calories from fat and no more than 10% of the calories from saturated fat.
Eligibility for the School Meal Program is based on your monthly income (before taxes) and your household size. The income guidelines are updated each year.

The USDA Child Nutrition Program Income Guidelines provide breakdowns for annual, monthly, twice per month, every two weeks and weekly income.

How to Apply

To apply for free and reduced- price meals for your children, complete the application, sign your name and return the application to your children's school. If your household receives benefits from Basic Food, TANF or FDPIR, you only need to complete Parts 1, 4, and 5.

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Child Nutrition Information

Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals (You'll apply with your own school district)

Child Nutrition Programs from Washington's Superintendent of Public Instruction