Free and Reduced-price School Meals:
The free and reduced-price lunch program is confidential, easy, and can help both your budget and your child’s school.
Your child may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.
In difficult economic times many families who have never needed assistance before find themselves struggling financially. If your family is in this situation, you might be able to save hundreds of dollars a year by applying for free or reduced-price school meals.
The benefits are significant. Families who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch can save hundreds of dollars per child compared with buying full-price school meals or making meals at home. The Oregon legislature provided funding to eliminate the reduced price payment for School Breakfast and Lunch. New for the upcoming school year 2020-2021, breakfast and lunch will be again be accessible at no charge to students who qualify for reduced price meals. The state of Oregon has also expanded the income guidelines which will allow more of our familes to be eligible for meals at no cost. Please see the Income Guidelines link below to see if your family qualifies under the new expanded income guidelines. There are extra benefits as well; students on this program can also qualify for reduced rates for other District Programs as well as reduced fees for other programs in your community (you may need to provide a copy of your award letter to these programs to qualify for discounts). The school district receives federal reimbursement for the meals, and schools even receive additional federal funding based on how many students have applied and qualified for free and reduced meals—so if you fill out a form and qualify, you are helping both your family and your school!
This is a confidential program. The only people who will know your child is receiving benefits are the nutrition staff. Children receiving free or reduced-price meals are not identified to other students or adults.
How does a family qualify?
If your household income is at or below the listed guidelines, or if your family receives food stamps, TANF, or FDPIR, you qualify! You can qualify for the program even if your situation is short-term, such as a temporary layoff.
How does a family apply?
Applications are available online, in your school office, and at the Nutrition Services offices, and can be returned to your school, the District offices or to the Nutrition Services office. The Online appication is the quickest way for your family to be approved for free meals so it is recommended if possible. If your income or family size changes at any time during the school year, you may apply or reapply at that time. You can even reapply if you were already qualified for reduced-price meals and a change in your family’s situation makes you eligible for free meals. A new application (one per household) must be completed each school year to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. If you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please contact Russ Knott or Donna Haggstrom at the OregonTrail School District, 503-668-3377.
Use the link below to view the current year Income Eligibilty Guidelines for the 2020-2021 School Year
This program is open to all—discrimination is prohibited.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.