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Free and Reduced Price Meals

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Parents and students will be able to access their student meal account through SchoolCafe to apply for free and reduced lunch. The free and reduced lunch application will also be available as part of online school registration.

SchoolCafe’s Free and Reduced Online Application makes it easy and convenient to apply for free meals at the click of a button. Online applications are instantly and securely submitted to the school district for processing and approval. It is extremely fast, convenient, and reliable.

Families must reapply every school year for free and reduced meal benefits. Submit only ONE APPLICATION for your entire household. Do no submit a separate application for each child who attends school. If you have already completed an application for this school year, you do not need to complete another application. For more information or help completing the free and reduced meal application contact the Child Nutrition department by email freeandreduced@slcschools.org or phone (801) 974-8380.

Parents may also elect to print out and submit a paper application to the kitchen manager or child nutrition department. Paper applications are available in a variety of language. If you would like to obtain an application in another language, click the following link: USDA Paper Applications (Translated Print Ready Versions).

Apply now for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits by clicking the button below.

 

Click on the following links for step-by-step instructions on how to apply for free and reduced meal benefits. 

Instructions to Apply for Free and Reduced School Meals

Instructions to Apply for Free and Reduced School Meals- Spanish

How to apply for Free and Reduced School Meals- Video

If you have questions or concerns about your child's Free or Reduced-Price Meal Benefits, please email us at freeandreduced@slcschools.org or call Janely Guzman at the Child Nutrition Department at (801)-974-8380


 


 

Free and Reduced Price Meals

We encourage parents to submit an application/reapply per household each year (beginning July 1st) or be directly certified by the state to receive free or reduced-price meal benefits. Please be aware this is a separate application than a school fee waiver. Students who do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals will be charged for their meals.

     Note: Salt Lake City School District waives the added charge to our reduced price students - providing their school meal free of charge.  

Direct Certification

Households who qualify for and use the following assistance programs are direct certified for free or reduced meals.

  • Food Stamps (SNAP),
  • Medicaid,
  • Foster Care,
  • TANF,
  • McKinney Vento Homeless, etc.  

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

The Community Eligibility Provision within the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs allows schools in high-poverty areas to offer nutritious meals at no cost to all students regardless of income level. Click here for more information.

School Meal Prices for SY' 2024-25

FREE and REDUCED Student Meals (federally subsidized):

  • ALL Schools: Lunch - $0.00 / Breakfast $0.00

PAID Student Meals (federally subsidized):

  • Elementary Schools: Lunch - $2.00 / Breakfast $1.00

  • Middle Schools: Lunch - Lunch $2.30 / Breakfast $1.20

  • High Schools: Breakfast - Lunch $2.50 / Breakfast $1.20

Non-Program Sales (not federally subsidized)

  • Adult and Second Meals: Lunch - $3.75 / Breakfast $2.75

  • Single Items: Entrée $2.00 / Fruit, Vegetable, or Side Dish $1.00 / Milk or Juice $0.50

     IMPORTANT:  Second student meals and non-enrolled child meals will be charged the full adult meal price.