• Applying for Free and Reduced-price Meals 
    Child Nutrition Services-School Meals
    1302 4TH ST SW · Auburn, WA 98001
    (253) 931-4972


    If you are ready to apply online now, click here to go
    straight to the Skyward Family Access log-in screen.
    Apply ONLINE for Free or Reduced Price Meals
    The online program for applying for school-meal benefits is secure, accurate, quick, and confidential.  The program responds best when accessed through a regular desktop or laptop computer.  You may use a tablet or phone; however, parts of the screen may not be visible and the time it takes to complete the application may be increased up to ten times.   
    Did you know. . . ?  The online application can be viewed in more than 90 languages.  For parents/guardians wishing to complete an application in a language other than English, just select the desired language from the list using the "Select Language" button. Click here to see what languages are available.



    The parent/guardian in family/household one (the student's primary residence)
    will need to have their Skyward Family Access 
    login and password in order to access the online application.


    Get your Family Access login and password from office staff at the school your student attends.

    If you have already received your Family Access log in and password;

    however, have forgotten either, on the login screen you can click the "Forgot you Login/Password?" link

    and a reset message will be sent to the email address you have provided for your studen's school record.



    The carry-over eligibility (last year's eligibility) is good only for the first month of the school year or until a new application over-rides last year's eligibility.  If a student changes schools within the Auburn School District, eligibility follows the student.  Students new to this district automatically start with paid (paying regular price for school meal) eligibility. 


    When you see eligibiilty for the 2017-18 school year (an effective date of 9-6-17 or later) for your student in Family Access, or receive confirmation (by e-mail or U.S. Mail if you do not have an email address on your student's school record) from us that your student has been approved for meal benefits for the 2017-18 school year, please do not complete an application for the approved student. 


    Our first Direct Certification to match students for school-meal benefits was completed August 16.  Since then, we have completed four additional matches (we are required to conduct three DC matches annually).  This is a process we use to compare records in the data base of agencies in the state that provide benefits to families with the student data base in the school district.  When there is an exact match between the records, we are able to extend meal benefits to the student without a meal application from the household.  


    If you received notice that a student in your home is eligible based on a Direct Certification; however, did not receive notice for another student you believe should be eligible, please call the Child Nutrition Services office (253-931-4972) between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. to see if the other student(s) in your home can be added.  Please do not complete an application for a student you wish to add until you have had a chance to speak to staff in the CNS office. . . it is possible you may not need to complete an application.

    If you are ready to apply online now, click here to go straight to the Skyward Family Access log-in screen.
    You can also access the log-in screen from the district website home page by using the A+ Family Access link
    located in the box on the upper, right corner of the page.
  • Free and Reduced Price Meals  If you have an email on your student's school record, your eligibility letter will be sent to you electronically. . . by email.  If you do not have an email on file on your student's record, your eligibility letter will be sent by U.S. Mail. 
    Throughout the school year we match district student records with those of state agencies (primarily DSHS) to identify households in which students might be automatically qualified for free or reduced-price meals.  After the match process, we notify parents/guardians of students who were matched. We are required to complete three matches per school year;during the 2016-17 school year we completed 35 matches; so far this year we have completed three matches.

    With meal eligibility visible to parents/guardians in Skyward Family Access,
    parents/guardians can look up eligibility and print the screen showing meal eligibility. 

    The parent/guardian living in household one (the student’s primary residence) may apply for meal benefits online.  The hints listed below should help you navigate within the Food Service portion of Family Access.
    • Use your Family Access credentials to log in.  Select Food Service from the list on the left side of the screen. 
    • If you have more than one student currently attending in the Auburn School District, where the  screen says "All Students," use the drop-down triangle to select the name of one of your students.
    • Select "Applications" from the right end of the line just below your student's name.
    • Select "Add Application" and follow instruction on the online application.
    • Review information before you press the submit button to be sure all the information you are sending is true/correct and that all household members and all income is being reported.
    • If the application does not submit, read the message about possible errors, correct them, and then submit the application.

    Remember:  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.  Please allow up to ten days (allowable by regulation) for your application to be processed.

    If you are ready to apply online now, click here to go straight to the Skyward Family Access log-in screen. 
    If you are unable to complete an online application, you can print a paper application.  Select one of the links below, print the application, and complete and submit it for processing. 
    A link to the USDA website will be provided soon for families who wish to print a paper application in a language other than English. 
  • Click the box to find out more about what counts as household income, who is a family member, and how much money you can make and still qualify for meal benefits.  The income scale for reduced-price meals is provided.  As income decreases from the amount listed, a household may qualify for free school-meal benefits.
    2016-17 Income  
    An application (one per household) must be completed each year (or if a student transfers into this district from another district) unless the student's eligibility is determined through the direct certification process.  The parent/guardian living in household one--the student's primary residence is the one who applies for meal benefits for the student(s).  You may apply or re-apply at any time during the school year.
    Click this box for more information that may be helpful when you are completing an application for free or reduced-price meals. 
    What's needed to apply  
    Free or reduced-price meals are available to eligible families based on household income.  Households with foster children may also submit an application.
    Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch may eat school breakfast at no charge (free). 

    Questions about the free and reduced-price meal program can be e-mailed to Cris or addressed via telephone at 253-931-4972.

    The Auburn School District participates in the USDA National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.  We maintain confidentiality in classrooms and lunchrooms.  All students (free, reduced, and/or full/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.