Free & Reduced Price Meals
Children from households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible for free meals or reduced price meals. Reduced price meals cost each eligible student $.25 for lunch and $.25 for breakfast. Foster children are eligible for meal benefits. Families are encouraged to apply to the program if there is a possibility they would qualify.
- All children in the qualifying household receive the benefit of the free or reduced meals.
- All information will be kept confidential.
- Other parents, students or unauthorized school personnel will not be aware that a family is participating in the free or reduced meal program.
ONE IMPORTANT NOTE – PLEASE EXPLAIN THIS TO EACH CHILD:
If the child is accepted into the free or reduced meal program, please be sure the child understands that a free or reduced meal must be the complete meal as listed on the menu, including fruit and/or vegetable.
If the student does not take the complete meal, or chooses ala carte items, the parent/guardian must pay the full price for the individual foods chosen even if some of them are part of the free or reduced price meal.
Parents/guardians are also responsible for any food purchased until the application for free or reduced price meals has been approved.
If a student participated in the free or reduced program last year, a new application must be made for the new school year.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for free or reduced price meals:
- Submit a Direct Certification letter received from the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, OR
- Complete the Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals
Please refer to the guidelines when completing the application. Incomplete applications cannot be approved, so be sure to fill out all required information and sign the application. For help completing the application, call the Food Service Office at 845-460-6110.
Applications can be given to the cafeteria manager, nurse, or school office. They can also be faxed to 845-460-6061 or mailed to:
A letter will be sent by mail when the application is approved or denied.
Households that now receive SNAP, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) for any children, or participate in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), applications must include the children’s names, the household food stamp, TANF or FDPIR case number and the signature of an adult household member. All children should be listed on the same application. List a food stamp, TANF or FDPIR case number for all the children included in the application. If those case numbers are not available, the application must include the names of everyone in the household, the amount of income for each household member, how often it is received and where it comes from. It must include the signature of an adult household member and the last four digits of that adult’s social security number. There is a box to check if the adult does not have a social security number. An application that is not complete cannot be approved. Contact the local Department of Social Services for information on food stamp or TANF case numbers or to complete the income portion of the application.
The benefits that are approved at the time of application are effective for the entire school year. There is no need to report changes for an increase in income or decrease in household size, or if SNAP is no longer received.
Income Exclusions: The value of any child care provided or arranged, or any amount received as payment for such child care or reimbursement for costs incurred for such care under the Child Care Development (Block Grant) Fund should not be considered as income for this program.