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ATTENTION!!!! PLEASE READ BEFORE COMPLETING THE FREE AND REDUCED APPLICATION.
IF YOUR CHILD IS STARTING SCHOOL THIS COMING FALL IN AUGUST 2017 OR IF YOU NEED TO APPLY FOR BENEFITS AGAIN FOR THE FREE AND REDUCED PROGRAM/TEXTBOOK ASSISTANCE FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR, YOU MUST DO THIS AFTER JULY 5, 2017. APPLICATIONS FOR NEXT YEAR WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE UNTIL THEN.
ANY NEW APPLICATION FOR THE 17-18 SCHOOL YEAR THAT IS RECEIVED BEFORE JULY 5, 2017 WILL NOT BE ACTIVE WHEN YOU CHILD STARTS SCHOOL IN THE FALL. APPLICATIONS COMPLETED NOW WILL ONLY APPLY FOR THE CURRENT 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR.
Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please click the Heartland Apps box below and complete the online "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application". You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification 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-priced 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.