2021-2022 ONLINE Meal Benefits Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

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The 2021-2022 paper meal benefits application is now being accepted. Complete the application and return it to your child's school or the Food Service Office.

Click a PDF link below to print a paper version

2021-2022 Application-ENGLISH.pdf

2021-2022 Application-SPANISH.pdf

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benfits Applications

All students at all Frederick County Public Schools can apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits. Apply online or print a hard copy. 

Applications for the 2021-2022 school year may be submitted online by following this link starting July 30, 2021 until June 30, 2022. 



Free and reduced-price meals are available to families with limited ability to pay. Eligibility is based on family size and income guidelines developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Meal Benefit Application forms are distributed to students in August. The forms should be returned promptly by families who wish to be considered, although applications can be completed and turned in at any time during the school year.

We encourage all Families to apply, even though meals for the 2021-2022 school year are free to all students becuase the nutrition program is funded based on student's eligbility. Please complete a 2021-22 Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application form online or complete a hard copy and hand it in to any school office or mail it to Food and Nutrition Service, 57 W. Frederick Street, Walkersville, MD 21793. Only one Meal Benefit Application form per family is required. FCPS Food and Nutrition Services will notify families whether they qualify. Until notified, you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money. 

Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.

Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. 

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.