Meal and Educational Benefits Application Information

  • Applying for Meal and Educational Benefits

    Students who do not attend a Community Eligibility (CE) school may qualify individually for free or reduced-price meals if their household income falls at or below these limits. Reduced-price meals are provided at no cost.

    Households must complete a new application each school year for the federal meal program.

    Applications may be completed online for the federal Meal and Educational Benefits program. Only one application is required per family.

    CPS now uses SchoolCafe for Online Meal Applications. Information and Instructions on how to create an online meal account and fill out an online meal application.

    Online applications are faster, easier and more confidential. But, if you prefer, you can download an Application for Meal and Educational Benefits. (Spanish)

    View and download: NSLP Public Release 

    Also, paper applications are available at your child's school, or you may pick one up at CPS' Student Dining Services Office, 2315 Iowa Avenue (45206). The application changes each year. Applications submitted on prior school-year forms cannot be accepted, per federal law.

Income Eligibility Chart Effective July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the Educational Benefits attached to the application?

  • Are families required to fill out the Meal and Benefits application?

  • Do families have to complete a Meal and Benefits application each year?

  • Do families have to complete a separate Meal and Benefits application for each child?

  • Can families phone, fax or email the meal application to Student Dining Services?

  • Are applications available in other languages?

  • When does a student's free/reduced-price status change?

  • What If Household Income Changes?

  • Does Student Dining Services try to contact parents before a student's lunch status changes?

  • What are paid meal prices?