Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benfits Applications

All students at all Frederick County Public Schools can apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits. Apply online or print a hard copy. 

Applications for the 2020-2021 school year may be submitted online by following this link starting July 17, 2020 until June 17, 2021. Applications for the 2021-2022 School year will be available by August 1, 2021. You CANNOT use the 2020-2021 application for the upcoming school year.

Free and reduced-price meals are available to families with limited ability to pay. Eligibility is based on family size and income guidelines developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Meal Benefit Application forms are distributed to students in September. The forms should be returned promptly by families who wish to be considered, although applications can be completed and turned in at any time during the school year.

If your family chooses to apply, please complete a 2020-21 Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application Form by June 17, 2021 online or complete a hard copy and hand it in to any school office or mail it to Food and Nutrition Service, 33 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick, MD 21702. Only one Meal Benefit Application form per family is required. FCPS Food and Nutrition Services will notify families whether they qualify. Until notified, you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money. 

Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.

Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. 

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.