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Free and Reduced Price Meals


Southwest Local Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Through this program, free or reduced-cost meals are available to children whose families meet certain income criteria. Every student is given a free/reduced application on the first day of school or upon enrollment. A copy of the application can also be found by clicking on the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application on this website. One application should be used for all children living in the same household. It is not necessary to complete an application for each child (except foster children). If you are interested in applying for free or reduced price meals please return the completed application to any Southwest Local School where your child attends. You can also click the button below to apply online.

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Who can get free or reduced price meals?

Children in households getting Food Stamps and most foster children can get free meals regardless of income. Also, if your household income is within the limits established by the USDA, your children can get free or reduced price meals.

Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." The forms can be obtained and returned (completed) to any school office. 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.