Free and Reduced Price Meals


Programs offered

  • Boise School District participates in the USDA National School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program’s At Risk Supper Program.
  • Breakfast and lunch are served at all Boise Schools.
  • Suppers are provided at 9 schools with Boise Parks & Recreations after school programs including Garfield, Grace Jordan, Hawthorne, Jefferson, Morley Nelson, Wm H Taft, Whitney, Whittier, and South Jr High.
  • Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) sites include Garfield, Hawthorne, Hillcrest, Jefferson, Koelsch, Morley Nelson, Whitney, Whittier, Wm H Taft, Frank Church High School, and the ASCENT Program.
  • Provision 2 breakfast sites include Grace Jordan and Horizon.


Free meals are automatically provided to the following students

  • Your child automatically qualifies for free meals (without the need for a meal application) if they qualify through Direct Certification. These include children who are members of a household receiving assistance under food stamps-SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Families in Idaho-TAFI, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations-FDPIR, or foster programs. This also includes children certified by the proper liaison to be a homeless, migrant or runaway child.
  • Meals are free (without the need for a meal application) for all children who attend a CEP school (sites listed above). Students attending Grace Jordan Elementary and Horizon Elementary will receive breakfast in the classroom at no cost (Provision-2 breakfast).


Income Eligibility Guidelines (before deductions) 

Households with incomes at or below these income limits may be eligible for free or reduced priced meals. These prices are effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Household Members



Twice per Month

Every Two Weeks


















































For EACH additional household member add













How to apply for free & reduced-priced meals

  • Apply on-line at or fill out a paper 2020-2021 meal application, available at schools or the District Service Center, and return to the address listed on the meal application. Spanish applications are also available.
  • A new meal application is needed each school year. Only 2020-2021 applications can be accepted. All applications approved last school year will expire on September 29, 2020.
  • Meal applications may be submitted at any time during the year.
  • Only one application is needed per household.
  • Households must list the name of all household members, each household member’s income and the source of income (foster children can be included on the household meal application). If a household member does not have income, the no income box must be checked.
  • An adult signature is required along with the last 4 digits of the adult’s social security number. If a social security number is not available, that information must be indicated on the meal application.
  • Boise School District Food & Nutrition Services officials will review the meal applications and determine eligibility. Information submitted on the application may be subject to verification at any time during the school year.
  • If you do not agree with the District’s decision regarding our application or the result of verification, you may discuss it with the Food & Nutrition Services office at the address below. You also have the right to a fair hearing. This can be done by calling or writing our office.
  • Once approved, benefits are good for the entire school year.
  • The program MAY share your eligibility information with other District education programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules. 


Meal Prices

Students Breakfast (Per Month)

Lunch (Per Month)

     Elementary  Free Free
     Secondary  Free Free
     Reduced-Price Free Free


Student Second Meal Price

Elementary - $2.25 ($45)

Secondary - $2.35 ($47)

Elementary - $3.75 ($75)

Secondary - $3.85 ($77)

Milk $0.50 ($10)

$0.50 ($10)


Meal Account Payment and Charge Procedure 

Our Meal Account Payment and Charge Procedure can be found herePlease read it carefully and contact our office with questions. To assure your student has access to meals, it is important their food service meal account has funds available. You can check the meal account balance (at no charge) at any time by signing up for MySchoolBucks.