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Free and Reduced Lunch Program

Federal Free and Reduced Meal Plan

What is the Free and Reduced Meal Plan?
Free and reduced-price meals are available for children whose family qualifies based on the size of their household and income level.  The household eligibility guidelines and policies governing this Federal program are determined annually.  Approximately 65% of District 40's students qualify to receive assistance. 

How Do I Qualify?
Prior to the start of the school year, the District receives notice from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) families who have qualified for free meals through a Direct Certification Process.  Other families may meet eligibility requirements by completing the Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals found in the Downloadable Forms Section of this page. 

Parents are responsible for completing and submitting the application to their School's office with accurate information.  Only one application per family should be submitted.  Families will be notified of their benefit status by letter within 10 days.  Families must apply for meal benefits every year.  The best time to apply is during the District's registration process.


Please see Downloadable Forms to access the application.  


Other Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Free and Reduced Meals

Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
No.  Use the form found in the Downloaded Forms section or the online application process found in your Family Access account.  for all students in your household.  Be sure to complete all information on the form accurately, or the form may not be processed

Who can get free meals?
Children in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assitance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Temporary Assistant for Needy Families (TANF), and foster children qualify regardless of income.  Children who qualify for homeless, runaway, or migrant also qualify

I qualify for WIC.  Do the children in my household get free meals?
Children can qualify but must go through the application process.