Turn in Applications To:

Manually complete the paper

application and return it to school in

an envelop marked - Food Service -

or mail to Lake Central Food Service

225 W. 77th Avenue

Schererville, N 46375

Meal Applications

Free and Reduced Applications

If you are not Direct Certified by the State of Indiana for benefits, families are encouraged to complete a Free and Reduced application.  This school year, all students, no matter what their family income, may receive one free complete breakfast and lunch meal daily.  To receive other benefits including textbook assistance, PEBT, and other benefits you will need to be approved through a Free and Reduced application for the 2021-2022 school year.

You will only need to complete one application per household, regardless of the number of children in the family, or their attendance at different schools within LCSC.  You must reapply each school year for benefits.  We accept applications throughout the school year starting at 2021-2022 registration.

Households should only submit a Free and Reduced application if they did not receive a Direct Certified approval letter via email from Food Services.

For all families previously approved for free or reduced benefits during the 2020-2021 school year, your student’s benefits will expire on September 21, 2021. You can reapply by filling out a new application for the 2021-2022 school year.   Textbook fees shown in skyward will not be finalized until approximately October 2021.

There are three ways to apply for Free and Reduced benefits:

OPTION 1: Online Application (available July 28, 2021)

Skyward will guide you thru the process with easy online prompts so you can complete your application.  Go to LCSC.us , click on the Skyward tab and log in to SKYWARD FAMILY ACCESS.  Once logged in, click on the Food Service tab on the left side.  On this page, click on “Application” located on the top right to start filling out the application.  All student data that is transmitted is encrypted.  Parent or guardians will be able to apply during on-line registration and throughout the school year.  It is fast, convenient and secure.  

If you begin your application and find you need to get more information before you can continue, you can save your application session and reopen it later.  When you have completed your application you will be prompted to enter your electronic signature.  Then click submit and receive confirmation of completion.  To make changes you will need to submit a new application. Food Services will process your application and you will be notified via email within 10 business days of the student(s) benefit eligibility for the 2021-2022 school year.

OPTION 2: Print an Application and Instructions (available July 28, 2021)

Print an application and instructions from the PDF files located on the Food Service tab (English and Spanish available).  Manually fill out the application and return it to your student’s school or mail it to Lake Central Food Service, 225 W. 77th Avenue, Schererville, IN  46375.  Food Services will process your application and you will be notified via email within 10 business days of the student(s) benefit eligibility for the 2021-2022 school year.

OPTION 3: Paper Application Available at all Lake Central Schools

Ask for a paper application from the main office at your student’s school.  Manually fill out the application and return it to your student’s school or mail it to Lake Central Food Service, 225 W. 77th Avenue, Schererville, IN  46375.  Food Services will process your application and you will be notified via email within 10 business days of the student(s) benefit eligibility for the 2021-2022 school year.

If your application is not signed, it cannot be processed.  If you or other household members currently have no household income, please indicate zero (0 income) or include a 10 digit case number.  Food Service will update the student’s Skyward account to reflect the new benefit eligibility status, you do not need to notify the school or the café.  You will be responsible for any meal charges prior to approval. (This includes a negative balance from the current or prior school years.)

If you need assistance completing the application or have any questions, please contact Linda Johnson at: [email protected]  or call Food Service at 219/865-4416.