Free & Reduced Price Meals

“Pandemic EBT” for Groceries

Families whose children receive free/reduced-price school meals will get extra benefits due to COVID-19. If your family receives DSHS Basic Food and free or reduced-price school meals, you don’t need to apply. If you have not qualified for free/reduced-price meals, you must apply by June 30.

Learn more about the P-EBT program at k12.wa.us/pebt

Apply for Free- or Reduced-Price Meals


You can apply for the Free or Reduced Price Meal Program at any time during the school year. The federal government sets eligibility guidelines based on household income and size.

Reduced price lunches for grade 4–12 cost 40 cents.  Reduced price lunch for grades K–3 are free. Reduced price breakfasts for grades K–12 are free.

Read Our Welcome Letter For Parents for information about the Free & Reduced Price Meal Program and what is included in a meal along with our Meal Charging Policy

Step 1: Find Out Who May Qualify

Find out if you could qualify and get answers to frequently asked questions:

Step 2: Gather Required Information

When you fill out your application, you’ll need to provide:

  • Names and incomes of every member of your household
  • School, grade and birth date of every student in your household
  • Signature and date (electronic signature for online application)
  • Your social security number (only exception is for foster children)
  • Email address or phone number 

Step 3: Apply

To apply online, visit lunchapp.com. When you complete your application, you’ll get an email letting you know that the system has sent us your application. 

If you’d prefer to apply offline, you can download an application or pick up a copy at your school office. Return printed applications to your school office. 

You only need to apply once per household.

If you qualify for free- or reduced-price meals, we’ll send you an automated phone message. If your application is denied, we will mail you a notification letter. 

If you have any questions about the process, please call our Food Services department at 360-662-1090.

Step 4: Re-apply Each School Year

You will need to reapply each year. If we don’t receive a new application within the first 30 schools days, we will charge your child’s food account the full cost of a meal served.


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