Free and Reduced Lunch Application
Free & Reduced Price Meals Media Release
How to fill out your Free & Reduced Application
Who can get FREE or reduced price meals?
- All children in households receiving benefits from SNAP, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or TANF, are eligible for free meals.
- Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
- Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
- Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
- Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on the chart above.
My child was approved for Free or Reduced Meals last school year. Do I need to fill out a new application this year?
Yes! Your child’s application is only good for one school year and for the first 30 days of the new school year, regardless of when you applied last year. You must send in a new application unless the you were notified AFTER JULY 1, 2021 that your child is eligible for the new school year. If you do not send in a new application that is approved by the school or you have not been notified that your child is eligible for free meals, your child will be charged the full price for meals.
I didn't compete my Free & Reduced Application on time and my child has a negative balance. Will that go away if I am approved for Free & Reduced Meals?
Should I fill out an application if I received a letter for the 2020-2021 school year stating my children are already approved for free meals?
No, but please read the letter you received carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Alysha Packard - Director or Child Nutrition Programs immediately.
Can I apply for Free or Reduced Meals ONLINE?
Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Visit Aspire to begin or to learn more about the online application process. Contact Alysha Packard - Director of Child Nutrition Programs if you have any questions about the online application.
Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. Applications can be completed online or the application above can be printed and completed in PEN. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Grand County School District 264 South 400 East Moab, Utah 85432
If I don't qualify now, may I apply later?
Yes! You may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit. If you are a seasonal worker you may use your average annual (yearly) income to complete the application. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Alysha Packard - Director of Child Nutrition Programs.
My family receives WIC. Can my children get free school meals?
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please send in an application.
What if my income is not always the same?
List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you make $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income. If you are a seasonal worker you may use your average yearly income. Please contact Alysha Packard - Director of Child Nutrition Programs if you have any questions.
What if someone in my household has no income to report?
Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.
How do I know if my children qualify as homeless, migrant, or runaway?
Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please contact Alysha Packard - Director of Child Nutrition Programs.
May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. Citizen?
Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals. The information on your application is HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL and is not shared. The information you provide is ONLY used to determine your eligibility for Free or Reduced Price Meals, so it is very important that ALL members of your household are included on the application.
What if there isn't enough space on the application for all of my family members?
List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application.
We are in the military. Do we report our income differently?
Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.
Will the information on my application be verified?
Yes. The Child Nutrition Department reviews all Free and Reduced Applications. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report. Any information you submit on your application is HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL and is never shared with anyone.
I speak a language other than English. Do you have resources available in other languages?
Si habla español, visite nuestra página gratuita y reducida en español.
If you need a Free & Reduced Meal Application in an alternate language (other than Spanish), click HERE.
If you need additional help in an alternate language (other than Spanish), please contact the Moab Valley Multicultural Center.
My family needs more help. Are there other programs we can apply for?
To find out how to apply for Utah Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office:
Department of Workforce Services
457 Kane Creek Blvd
Moab, UT 84532
SERVICES AVAILABLE HERE:
Employment services for general public (some programs are for eligible individuals):
- Job search and job preparation assistance
- On-site recruiting and hiring events
- Career exploration and coaching
- Veterans employment assistance
- Adult and youth employment and training programs
Vocational Rehabilitation services for eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for employment:
- Counseling and guidance
- Training and education
- Disability treatment and assistive technology
- Job placement, coaching and other support services for work
- Pre-employment transition services for students
USOR Phone 435-259-4635
Eligibility services for SNAP (food), child care, financial and medical assistance:
- Apply online here.
- Mail, fax or drop off supporting documents through one of the following ways:
- Fax: (801) 526-9500 or toll-free 1-877-313-4717
- Mail: Centralized Imaging Unit (CIU)
P.O. Box 143245
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-3245
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Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities by calling 801-526-9240. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech impairments may call Relay Utah by dialing 711. Spanish Relay Utah: 1-888-346-3162.
What if I disagree with the school's decision about my Free or Reduced Application?
You should talk to the Child Nutrition Department if you have any questions or concerns about the status of your application.
Director of Child Nutrition Programs
604 South 400 East
Moab, Utah 85432
If you are not satisfied with that response or you still disagree with the approval decision you also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to:
Grand County School District Superintendent
264 South 400 East
Moab, Utah 85432
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information
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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.
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