Free & Reduced English Application
Free & Reduced Spanish Application
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
Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application
30 Day Carryover Children who receive free or reduced meal benefits during the previous school year are eligible for free and reduced meals up to 30 operating days into the next school year through September 25, 2020. The carryover begins on the first operating day of school or until a new eligibility determination is made for the 2020/2021 school year.
Food Services will receive information from the State of Indiana regarding households currently certified to receive Indiana Food Stamps, TANF or Medicare. Food Services will notify these households via email their Direct Certification meal eligibility benefits prior to registration. Households approved thru Direct Certification are automatically approved to receive free or reduced priced meal benefits and textbook assistance and are not required to complete an application. Parent/Guardians have the option to decline these benefits by notifying in writing the Lake Central Food Service Office. Households should only submit an application if they do not receive a directly certified approval letter from Food Services.
Children living in households receiving Food Stamps (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and foster children can receive free meals and textbook assistance regardless of household income. Other children in households with gross income within the limits on the federal income chart may receive free or reduced price meals and textbook assistance. Each school year parent/guardians may complete one application per household regardless of the number of children in the household or their attendance at different schools within Lake Central. The application must include either a 10 digit case number, indicate a foster child, OR list all household members, the gross income(s) from each household member(s) and the frequency of the pay(s).
For all families previously approved for meal benefits and textbook assistance during the 2019-2020 school year your students benefits will expire on September 25, 2020. You can reapply by filling out a new application for the 2020-2021 school year. ALL textbook fees shown in skyward will not be finalized until September or October 2020.
There are three ways to apply for meal and textbook assistance:
OPTION 1: Online Application (available August 3, 2020)
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/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, you will receive a confirmation your application was submitted correctly. 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) new meal status for the 2020-21 school year.
Click here to apply starting August 3, 2020.
OPTION 2: Print an Application and Instructions (available August 7, 2020)
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) new meal status for the 2020-2021 school year.
OPTION 3: Paper Application Available at all Lake Central Schools (available August 7, 2020)
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) new meal status for the 2020-2021 school year.
If your application is not signed or missing the last 4 digits of your social security number it cannot be processed. If you currently receive no household income, please indicate zero income or include a 10 digit case number. Please plan on sending a lunch from home or make a deposit on your students account until you receive a letter via email from our office. Food Service will update the student’s Skyward account to reflect the new meal status, you do not need to notify the school or the café. You will be responsible for any meal charges prior to approval.