Free and Reduced Meal Program Information

  • Serving Washington’s School Children 

    Free and Reduced-Price Meal Programs
    Eligible families are encouraged to apply:
    Washington public schools play a vital role by providing free and reduced-price meals to all students in need. The application process is simple and confidential.

    The following nutrition programs are administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

    • National School Lunch Program provides reduced-price lunches at 40 cents each. Washington, however, pays all lunch costs for public school students in grades K‒3 eligible for reduced-price meals.
    • School Breakfast Program provides reduced-price breakfasts at 30 cents each. Washington pays all breakfast costs for public school students in grades K-12 eligible for reduced-price meals.
    • Special Milk Program may provide free milk, depending upon the school, for all eligible students.
    Please note: All Free/Reduced applications from last school year will expire after the first 30 school days of the new school year or when a new one is processed and eligibility is updated.

    Just a reminder, if your household qualifies for Free or Reduced-price meals, it does not qualify them to get a milk or juice by itself (ala carte) for free. Milk and juice are part of the meal program but if your student brings a meal from home he/she would need to purchase a milk or juice if they want one. The cost of milk or juice by itself (ala carte) is $0.25 cents.