Free and Reduced Lunch Program
Children need to eat healthy food to learn. Free and reduced-price meals are available to students who qualify.
Free and Reduced Lunch
Online applications for the 2019-20 school year can be found here. Applications are also available at any Springfield school, as well as the Nutrition Services office located within the district office at 640 A Street.
Does my child qualify for free and reduced-price meals?
Children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if total household income is at or below the amount of Federal 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.
Background on the Community Eligibility Provision program
The CEP determines a school’s eligibility for the program based on a number of factors, including participation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) among others.
To learn more about the Community Eligibility Provision, click here.
Children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if total household income is at or below the amount of Federal 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.
- See application information at right.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to apply for each child separately?
Do I have to reapply each year?
- No, only one application is required per household, and all household members should be listed. Foster children are now considered members of the household.
What if my financial situation changes during the 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.
How does the school know what our status is?
- You can submit an application at any time during the school year. If household income goes up or down due to job loss, etc.
- 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.
What if I disagree with the decision about my eligibility?
- 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 federally subsidized program. Confidentiality is taken very seriously and assured.
- You may ask for a hearing by writing to Brett Yancey, 640 A Street, Springfield, OR 97477.