Before you begin…there are a few things you should know.
If you received a letter from the school saying that your children were automatically approved (directly certified) for free meals for the current school year because someone in your household participates in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) then you do not need to submit an application.
You may apply for school meals any time during the school year by submitting this application directly to your district. You may ask for a paper application, if you prefer, at any time during the school year. If you’re earnings, marital status, or family dynamics change during the current school year, you are encouraged to fill out a new school meal application. Applications are reviewed by local school or district officials before granting free or reduced price benefits. If you receive SNAP benefits, all of your children who attend school automatically qualify for free school meals. Participation in other Federal assistance programs, including TANF also provides automatic eligibility. Please contact your school to determine if you need to fill out an application. If you are eligible for unemployment compensation or The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), you may also be eligible for free or reduced price school meals.
We need only one application for all the children in your household that attend school in the Collinsville School District.