Applications for the 2021-22 are available!
Apply for school-meal benefits online - it is quick and confidential and
the online application can be viewed in more than 90 languages.
You can also print out a copy of the application here: English Marshallese Ukrainian Spanish Russian
Helpful tips for applying for Free and Reduced-price meal benefits. Spanish
All eligible families are encouraged to submit a new application for free and reduced price meals prior to the start of each new school year. This allows the application to be processed and the correct eligibility established before school starts. Please note: Applications are accepted anytime throughout the school year and can be submitted to your student's school or sent to Child Nutrition Services.
Your Application for School-meal Eligibility is More than a Meal Application!
We encourage families to submit an application. Those eligible for free or reduced-price meals may receive other benefits (such as reduced or waived fees for school programs and activities). The online application is available in 90 languages. Paper applications (in five languages) are available in school offices at the Child Nutrition Services office.
The permission form to shared school-meal eligibility for the purpose of possible reduction or waiver of certain district fees is on our meal applications. If you did not make a selection of which program(s) you wanted to allow sharing with at the time you applied for school-meal benefits you still can give consent. Click here to access the Consent Form. Complete the form and turn it in. Families that were approved by direct certification (rather than an application) received a consent form (page two) as part of the approval letter they were sent. If you have misplaced that form and want to give consent, you may also complete the Consent Form and turn it in.
During the 2021-22 school year we will again be serving alll students (regardless of meal eligibility) at no cost (one breakfast and one lunch per day); however, we do encourage families who wish to apply to do so.
Apply Online for Free or Reduced-price Meal Benefits
For best results, complete the online application with a desktop or laptop computer.
For parents/guardians wishing to complete an application in a language other than English, select the desired language from the listing using the "Select Language" button. The application can be viewed in 90 languages.
- The parent/guardian in the student's primary residence (family/household one) may apply for meal benefits.
- To apply online, you need your Skyward Family Access password and login.
- Get your Family Access password and login from office staff at the school your student attends.
- If you already have received your password and login; however, have forgotten either, from the login screen you can click "Forgot your Login/Password?" link and a reset message will be sent to the email address you provided for your student's school record.
Who should apply?
You should complete the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application, if:
- Your household income is SAME or LESS than the amount on the Income Chart
- You receive Basic Food
- You take part in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- You receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- You are applying for a Foster Child
How do I know if I need to Apply?
Meal eligibility is good for one school year only, regardless of the month benefits go into effect. Eligibility from the previous year (last year's eligibility) is good for the first month of the new school year or until a new application over-rides the previous year's eligibility. The carry-over eligibility allows you time to reapply if you wish to do so.
- If a student changes schools within the Auburn School District, eligibility follows the student.
- Students new to the district (or returning after having been withdrawn) automatically start with paid eligibility (this means paying regular price for school meals).
- If you receive an eligibility letter (by email or U.S. Mail) from the Child Nutrition Services office that says your student has been approved for meal benefits for the current school year, do not complete an application for the approved student.
- Many students are eligible because of a Direct Certification*. If you receive an eligibility letter that says your student has been approved by Direct Certification, do not complete an application for the approved student.
- You can also view student eligibility in Family Access. If you see an effective date of 9-7-21 or later, do not complete an application for the approved student. Look to the left of the eligibility/effective date to see what the student's eligibility is.
*Direct Certification: A process used by Child Nutrition to compare records in the school district data base with records in the data base of agencies in the state that provide benefits to families. When there is an exact match between the records, Child Nutrition is able to approve the student for benefits without a meal application.
A Direct Certification match is done each month in compliance with regulations.
- If you receive notice that a student in your home is eligible based on Direct Certification, do not complete an application for the approved student.
- If students in your home were not listed on the approval letter and you believe they should be eligible, call the Child Nutrition office at 253-931-4972 to see if we can extend eligibility to the other student(s) in your home. Please do not complete an application for a student you wish to add until you have had a chance to speak with Child Nutrition staff. It is possible you may not need to complete an application.
Household Size: All persons, including parents, children, grandparents, and all people related or unrelated who live in your home and share living expenses. If applying for a household with a foster child, you may include the foster child in the total household size.
Total Household Income: The income each household member receives before taxes--gross income. This includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. If including a foster child as part of the household, you must also include the foster child's personal income. Do not report foster payment as income.
What information will be needed when I complete the application?
Read more on helpful details about:
- How many applications to complete
- Who to list on the application
- What income to report
- Applying using a current client/case number for SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR benefits
- Notification of eligibility once an application is processed
What do I do after my meal application is processed?
Now that your application has been processed, be sure to KEEP THE LETTER (notice of approval for school meal benefits) verifying meal eligibility for your student(s) for the current school year. You may need the letter to qualify for other programs. You can also get a copy of your eligibility letter via Family Access.
¿Qué hago después de procesar mi solicitud de comida?
Ahora que su solicitud ha sido procesada, Asegúrese de MANTENER LA CARTA (aviso de aprobación de los beneficios de comidas escolares) que verifica la elegibilidad de comidas para su (s) estudiante (s) para el año escolar 2019-20; Es posible que necesite esta carta para calificar para otros programas.
Si completó la sección Liberación de Elegibilidad Estudiantil en la solicitud, no es necesario completar este formulario. Éstos se proporcionan para los padres / guardianes que los estudiantes fueron aprobados por el proceso del fósforo de DC--sin una aplicación.
How do I know if my application has been processed?
Regulations say you need to allow up to 10 days for your application to be processed. Applications often are processed within one to two days of being received in the Child Nutrition office. You will be notified after your application is process in the following way(s):
- By email if you provided an email address to the school when you enrolled your student
- By U.S. mail if you do not have an email address on file with the school
- In Family Access you can view and/or print your eligibility letter
- If your application is denied, notice is sent by U.S. mail. If a family member does not qualify for free or reduced price school meals, the student's eligibility status is "paid" (they pay regular price for school meals)
What if my student has not been approved, or what if we did not qualify?
Your student is still welcome to enjoy school meals by paying regular price. Once an application is processed:
*The eligibility determined by information provided on the application goes into effect the same day.
*Eligibility is not back dated/not retroactive.
*Eligibility is good for the current school year.
Parents/guardians are responsible for paying for all meals served to their child(ren) - even meals served prior to applying or qualifying for free or reduced price meals.
Proof of Eligibility: The information you provide may be verified at any time. You may be asked to send information to prove your student is eligible to receive free and reduce priced meals. We do conduct a formal verification (to be incompliance with USDA requirements for Child Nutrition Services) annually. If your household is selected to participate your prompt response will be appreciated.
Hearing on Decision: If you do not agree with the decision on your student's application or the process used to prove income eligibility, you have the right to a fair hearing which may be arranged by calling or writing Child Nutrition Services, 1302 4th Street SW, Auburn WA 98001; 253-931-4972.
Reapplying for Benefits: You may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If you should have a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, become unemployed, or begin receiving SNAP/basic food, TANF, or FDPIR, you may be eligible for benefits and may fill out an application at that time.
Questions about the free and reduced-price meal program can be e-mailed to Child Nutrition or addressed via telephone at 253-931-4972.
The Auburn School District participates in the USDA National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Auburn School District maintains confidentiality in classrooms and lunchrooms. All students (free, reduced, and/or paid or regular price) use a PIN number (the student's ID number) to access their account. It is important that students do not share their number (access to their meal account) with others. School meals meet USDA nutritional goals and dietary guidelines. The district's participation in the USDA National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs can entitle qualified students to receive free or reduced-price school meals.