Free or reduced Lunch Application
The 2019-2020 form can be downloaded from here. The 2020-2021 form and the discount chart will be available soon.
Children need healthy meals to learn. Metro School offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $2.00; lunch costs $3.50. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. This packet includes an application for free or reduced-price meal benefits and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.
- Who can receive free or reduced-price meals? All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Ohio Works First (OWF); foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court; children participating in their school’s Head Start program; and children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals. Also, your children may receive free or reduced-price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the federal income eligibility guidelines.
- How do I know if my children qualify as homeless, migrant or runaway? If members of your household lack a permanent address; are staying together in a shelter, hotel or other temporary housing arrangements; relocate on a seasonal basis or; children live with you who have chosen to leave their prior or family or household then the children may qualify as homeless, migrant or runaway.
- Do I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Use one free and reduced-price school meal application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete. Please submit all the required information. Return the completed application to Metro Schools, 1929 Kenny Road, 614-259-6639.
- Should I complete an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children have approved already for free meals? No, but please read the letter carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from the eligibility notification, contact Metro Schools immediately.
- My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to complete another application? Yes. Your child’s application is valid for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You are required to submit a new application for the new school year.
- I receive WIC benefits. Can my child(ren) get free meals? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Please complete and submit an application.
- Will the information I give be checked? Yes, we may also ask you to send written proof.
- If I do not qualify now, may I apply later? Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your status changes. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced-price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
- What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials and provide appropriate proof of income if needed.
- May I apply if someone else in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. All household members do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
- What if some household members have no income to report? Household members may not receive some types of income that are asked for you to report on the application or may not receive income at all. When this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those also will be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank.
- We are in the military. Do we report our income differently? Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it also must be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.
- What if there is not enough space on the application for my family? List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper and attach it to your application. Contact Metro Schools if you need a second application.
- My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for Ohio SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 877-852-0010.
- What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1,000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, submit the report with the routine amount of $1,000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
If you have other questions or need help, call 614-259-6639.