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Free and Reduced-Price School Meals

*Breakfast is FREE for all students in grades K–5. No registration or paperwork is necessary.

Your student may be eligible for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals.

In these tough economic times, many families are finding their finances tighter than ever. The free and reduced-price school meal program may be able to help. The program is confidential, easy, and good for both your budget and your child’s school.  * If your child attends a CEP school (Chavez Elementary, Howard Elementary, Arts & Technology Academy, River Road Elementary or McCornack Elementary) breakfast and lunch will remain NO CHARGE (no application required).

2018—19 Free & Reduced-Price Meal Application:
Online Application (English & Spanish)

Are you students eligible for free meals? Check the income guideline chart.

Please allow up to three business days for application to be processed. Official approval or denial letters will be mailed after applications have been processed by Nutrition Services.

The benefits are significant.

English / Spanish

Families who qualify for free or reduced-price meals can save hundreds of dollars per child compared with buying full-price school meals or making meals at home. Students who qualify for reduced-price meals receive breakfast and lunch for free.

There are extra benefits as well; students on this program can also qualify for deep fee reductions rates for athletics and activities from 4J, Kidsports, the City of Eugene and other after-school programs; low-cost high-speed Internet; free LTD bus passes for some high school students; and much more. Learn more here.

The school district receives federal reimbursement for the meals, and schools even receive additional federal funding based on how many students have applied and qualified for free and reduced meals—so if you fill out a form and qualify, you are helping both your family and your school!

This is a confidential program.

The only people who will know your child is receiving benefits are the nutrition staff.  Children receiving free meals are not identified to other students or adults.

How does a family qualify?

If your household income is at or below the federal guidelines or if your family receives food stamps, TANF, or FDPIR, you qualify! You can qualify for the program even if your situation is short-term, such as a temporary layoff.

How does a family apply?

A new application (one per household) must be completed each school year to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Applications are available online, in your school office, and at the 4J Education Center (200 North Monroe St., Eugene), and can be returned to your school or to the 4J Education Center.

If your income or family size changes at any time during the school year, you may apply or reapply at that time.  You can even reapply if you were already qualified for reduced-price meals and a change in your family’s situation makes you eligible for free meals.

If you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please call 4J Nutrition Services at 541-790-7656.

Federal income guidelines (pre-tax) for 2018–19

Your children may qualify at least for reduced-price school meals if your household income falls within the limits of this chart.

2018—19  Federal Income Guildelines

Household Size Annual Monthly Weekly
-1- 22,459 1,872 432
-2- 30,451 2,538 586
-3- 38,443 3,204 740
-4- 46,435 3,870 893
-5- 54,427 4,536 1,047
-6- 62,419 5,202 1,201
-7- 70,411 5,868 1,355
-8- 78,403 6,534 1,508
For each additional

family member add

7,992 666 154


This program is open to all—discrimination is prohibited

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.