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Free & Reduced Price Meals
Children need to eat healthy food to learn. Free & reduced-price meals are available to students who qualify.
Springfield Public School District is once again participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2016-2017.
All enrolled students who attend any of the schools listed above are eligible to receive a healthy complete breakfast and lunch at no charge. No further action is required of you. Your children will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay for meals or submit an application.
IMPORTANT: If you have child(ren) who attend other schools in the Springfield Public School District, and are not included in the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) or have not been notified of other meal benefits, you will need to fill out a free and reduced meal application to become eligible.
Children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if total household income is at or below the amount of Federal Income Guidelines. Click here for income guidelines.
Children in households receiving Food Stamps or TANF and most foster children can receive free meals regardless of household income. Households receiving WIC, Oregon Health Plan or other governmental assistance may qualify.
How do I apply? You will need to fill out a free & reduced price meal application. We will check the information provided and we may request written proof. All households that apply for benefits will receive a letter indicating whether the students have been approved for free or reduced lunch. Applications are confidential.
Applications are mailed to student homes by mid-August. You can also pick up an application at the Nutrition Services office or at any of the Springfield Schools. You can return them to the Nutrition Services department at the Administration Building, 525 Mill St., Springfield, OR 97477.
Can I apply online? Yes, online applications are now being accepted through the Oregon Dept. of Education website. Click here for more information. Online forms are available in both English and Spanish.
Do I need to apply for each child separately? No, only one application is required per household, and all household members should be listed. Foster children are now considered members of the household. Click here for application tips.
Do I have to reapply each year? Yes. A new application must be submitted each school year in order to determine eligibility for the current school year. The Free and Reduced Household Application needs to be processed by mid-October in order to continue to be eligible for free and reduced lunch.
What if my financial situation changes during the year? You can submit an application at any time during the school year. If household income goes up or down due to job loss, etc.
How does the school know what our status is? Springfield Public Schools has a computerized system that is networked from the central office to all of the schools. School computers are automatically updated with information. When the child enters his or her student ID number, the computer will have the needed information to process them as a Free, Reduced or a Paid meal.
I don't want anyone else to know that we are getting free lunch. The SNAP system used by the school district (School Nutrition Accountability Program) not only manages the data but assures parents that other students cannot know who is on the federal subsidized program. Confidentiality is taken very seriously and assured.
What if I disagree with the decision about my eligibility? You may ask for a hearing by writing to: Brett Yancey, 525 Mill Street, Springfield, OR 97477.