Lunch Applications FAQs
- WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
- All children in households receiving benefits from North Carolina SNAP, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or North Carolina 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 falls at or below the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines listed below.
FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART For School Year 2020-2021
Household size – 1
Yearly – 23,606
Monthly – 1,968
Weekly – 454
Household size – 2
Yearly – 31,894
Monthly – 2,658
Weekly – 614
Household size – 3
Yearly – 40,182
Monthly – 3,349
Weekly – 773
Household size – 4
Yearly – 48,470
Monthly – 4,040
Weekly – 933
Household size – 5
Yearly – 56,758
Monthly – 4,730
Weekly – 1,092
Household size – 6
Yearly – 65,046
Monthly – 5,421
Weekly – 1,251
Household size – 7
Yearly – 73,334
Monthly – 6,112
Weekly – 1,411
Household size – 8
Yearly – 81,622
Monthly – 6,802
Weekly – 1,570
Each additional person over 8
Yearly – 8,288
Monthly – 691
Weekly – 160
- 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 arrangements? 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 call or e-mail student’s school or homeless, runaway, or migrant coordinator/liaison (910-678-2621) to see if they qualify.
- 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. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to Child Nutritional Services at 810 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC 28306 – Attn. Allison Tew; (910)678-2595 or toll-free (877-401-9089).
- SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS? No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Child Nutritional Services at 810 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC 28306 – Attn. Allison Tew; (910)678-2595 or toll-free (877-401-9089), or e-mail email@example.com immediately.
- CAN I APPLY 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the online application.
- MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE? Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless you were notified by CNS 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 GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Please send in an application.
- WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED? Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.
- 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.
- WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL’S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to Joe Desormeaux, 810 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC 28306 – (910)678-2502; email@example.com.
- 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.
- WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME? List the amount that you normally For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $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.
- WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE 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.
- 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.
- WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY? List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact Child Nutritional Services at 810 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville, NC 28306 – Attn. Allison Tew; (910)678-2595 or toll-free (877-401-9089), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a second application.
- MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR? To find out how to apply for State SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call The Careline at 1-800-662-7030.
If you have other questions or need help, call (910) 678 -2595 OR TOLL-FREE (877 -401 – 9089).
Beth Maynard, Executive Director, Child Nutritional Services
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