Free and Reduced-Price Meals (FRM)

Learn more about the criteria and process to apply for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application


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As of October 31, 2021 approximately 31 percent of students in FCPS qualify for free and reduced-price meals. The prices for paid breakfast and lunch are determined by the School Board and the price of reduced-price meals are established by the federal government.

Families who earn less than 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals and those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of poverty level qualify for reduced-price meals.

  • The free and reduced-price meals application includes an online option for parents to submit the information electronically for faster processing.
    • The online free and reduced-price meals application is available in the following languages (to change the language of the application click on the Language link in the top right of the screen):
      • English
      • Spanish
      • Arabic
      • Chinese
      • Tagalog
      • French
      • Vietnamese
      • Korean
    • The online application can be completed on mobile devices.
    • If an email address is provided, notification will be e-mailed regarding approval.

Students who qualify for reduced-price meals receive breakfast and lunch at no cost. Food and Nutrition Services will absorb these costs.

Consent to Share Information

This letter informs parents that their children may be eligible to participate in several fee-based programs at either no cost or a reduced cost if they participate in the free and reduced-price meals program, and provide a consent to share information form.

The free and reduced-price meals application also includes a section with the consent to share information for other programs. If section four of the application is completed the Consent to Share Information form does not need to be filled out.

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Updated May 2022: In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:
    [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

August 2, 2022 News - FCPS Announced Policy for Providing Free or Reduced-Price Meals

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