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Apply Online for Free or Reduced Price Meal Benefits – Paperless, easy and fast!

NOTE: Now Accepting Online Meal Application for School Year 2017-2018.

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2017-2018 Paper Meal Applications are readily available and can be obtain at one of the following locations.
Please note, paper applications take longer to fill out and process.  We highly recommend using the Online Meal Application process because it's easier and faster.  
Just click the green Online Meal Application button above to get started.

                           Locations for Paper Meal Application
              1)  Pick up an application at  'Meet the Teacher Night' .
              2)  All Schools in the Main Office (see Office staff).
              3)  All Schools in the Cafeteria (see Cafeteria Manager).
              4)  Nutrition Services Office at the Brogan Center, 1430 W Elna Rae St, Tempe AZ 85281.

Return all filled out paper Meal Applications to one of the above locations for processing.  

  Meal Application Questions and Answers:

Meal Application Parent Letter and Q&A - English
Meal Application Parent Letter and Q&A - Spanish

 

Applying for Free and Reduced Price Meal Benefits

Are you a:
New Student
Returning Student
Direct Certification Student

 

New Student:

For a family new to the District, the student is enrolled in the paid category until a meal application is processed and benefit status determined. Meal benefit status does not follow a student from the previous district attended; a new application must be completed. When a student is in the paid category, the student must pay for lunch at the full price – $2.50 at elementary schools and $2.75 at middle schools. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for lunch payments, and any negative balance that accrues. Free or reduced price meal benefits do not begin until the day the application is processed and approved in our system. 

Processing applications quickly is a priority of Nutrition Services. Please note that due to volume the approval process may take up to 10 days. Complete the application on-line for quick and easy submission, and faster processing. The online application can be found at www.tempeschools.org/mealapplication. Applications are also available at the school. Once an application has been processed and benefits determined, a confirmation letter of benefits is sent home with the student. 

Any questions about the application process or meal benefit status can be answered by calling 480-642-1541 x7608.

 

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Returning Student:

Parents/guardians must apply for meal benefits for their child every year. If a student was eligible for free or reduced price meals last school year, that benefit stays with the student for the first 30 school days of the new school year. However, the benefit will expire at the end of that 30th day. An application must be submit NO LATER than August 31 to avoid any interruption in meal benefits. 

If the new application is not received and processed before benefits expire, the student’s account will change to a paid status. When the student’s account changes to paid, lunches will be charged at the full price – $2.50 at elementary schools and $2.75 at middle schools. Parents/Guardians will be responsible for lunch payments, and any negative balance that accrues. Free or reduced price meal benefits do not begin until the day the application is processed and approved in our system. 

Processing applications quickly is a priority of Nutrition Services. Please note that due to volume the approval process may take up to 10 days. Complete the application on-line for quick and easy submission, and faster processing. The online application can be found at www.tempeschools.org/mealapplication. Applications are also available at the school. Once an application has been processed and benefits determined, a confirmation letter of benefits is sent home with the student. 

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Direct Certification:

A student that was determined eligible for free meal benefits through Direct Certification in the previous school year will not necessarily be Directly Certified in the current year past the 30th school day – a meal application may need to be completed.  If a student is Directly Certified a confirmation letter of benefits is sent home with the student. If a confirmation letter has not been received by August 31, it is important to call the phone number below to find out Direct Certification status for the new school year.

Any questions about the application process or meal benefit status can be answered by calling 480-642-1541 x7608.

 

Apply Anytime

The School Breakfast and National School Lunch Program benefits for free or reduced price meals can be applied for at any time during the school year.

If a family has been faced with changing financial circumstances, eligibility for free or reduced price meals benefits may apply. Life events such as those listed below can impact a family’s financial situation:

  • Loss of a job
  • Work hours have been reduced causing one to earn less money
  • A family member that had an income included in the original application has moved out of the house
  • The family size has increased
  • Loss of a house

Apply online (click the green Online Meal Application button above) or pick up an application from the school office or cafeteria manager.

A child may be eligible for free or reduced price meals if household income falls within the limits on the income chart below.

 

 

Federal Income Chart
 Effective from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018           
 Household Size
Annual
  Month  Week
 1 $22,311 $1,860 $430
 2 $30,044  $2,504   $578 
 3  $37,777   $3,149  $727 
 4  $45,510   $3,793 $876
 5  $53,243   $4,437 $1,024 
 6  $60,976   $5,082  $1,173
 7  $68,709   $5,726  $1,322
 8 $76,442   $6,371  $1,471 
 Each additional member
  +7,733    +645   +149

 

 

Non-Discrimination Statement

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 (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

 

 

 

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