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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.

Summer EBT for Children

Summer EBT for Children is a demonstration project to test the SNAP EBT delivery system as a supplement to the current summer meals program in which school districts, local parks departments, and community based organizations provide meals at set locations during the summer months. 

The project is a joint effort with US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services, the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Evergreen Public Schools, and Vancouver Public Schools.

Clark County Demonstration Summer 2012

The project will provide 5,000 children in Clark County ,who receive free or reduced school lunches, with up to  $60 a month to make up for the loss of school meals during the summer.
Eligible families will be randomly selected to receive an electronic benefit card (EBT) with supplemental food benefits that can be used to buy nutritious food for their children during the summer.

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.

Links to More Resources

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