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Free And Reduced-Price Meal Programs

Serving Washington’s School Children
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.
  • At the beginning of the school year an application packet was sent to all households with students in Washington schools. All households with income levels below certain thresholds are encouraged to apply for any or all of the programs listed above.

    Full story (with income threshold tables):

    September 17, 2013/ Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Press Release