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 Meals at Seven Schools
Springfield Public Schools is once again participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2018-2019 school year.
All enrolled students who attend any of the schools listed below are eligible to receive a healthy complete breakfast and lunch at no charge.
- Douglas Gardens Elementary School
- Elizabeth Page Elementary School
- Guy Lee Elementary School
- Maple Elementary School
- Riverbend Elementary School
- Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary School
- Hamlin Middle School
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.
Free and Reduced Lunch
If your child attends another Springfield school, 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.
- 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 federal 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.