Food Service

Free and Reduced Price Meals

Free and reduced price meal applications will be available after July 1 for the 2023-24 academic year.  Parents can automatically apply through the online registration process. 

2023-2024 Free & Reduced Instructions

Dear Parents and Guardians,

​The school meals program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). For School Year 2023-2024, our school corporation will process free and reduced-price meal benefit applications. 

The Food Services Department does have the ability to Directly Certify students who receive SNAP, TANF, some Medicaid, are certified as homeless, migrant, or are wards of the state (foster children). Households who are found to be directly certified will be notified in writing of the free or reduced-price meal status prior to the start of school and will not need to complete an application.

Meal benefit applications will not be available until July 1*. Households are encouraged to apply before the start of the school year to avoid unpaid meal charges. Students who are not approved for free or reduced-price meal benefits before the start of the school year will be classified as paid status and meal charges may begin to accumulate starting the first day of school. Meal charges accrued before the approval of a meal benefit application will be the responsibility of the household.

You do NOT need to complete an application if:

  • You receive notification that your child(ren) are directly certified.

  • You know your household does not qualify for meal benefits. (Please have money in your child’s account on the first day of school.)

  • For locations of Summer Lunch Programs in the State of Indiana, please visit the IDOE Nutrition Website.

*Applications received prior to July 1 will not be effective for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Thank you,

Kimberly Nieves
Director of Business Affairs and Human Resources
East Porter County School Corporation