Culinary Services

Free and Reduced Price Meals

Applying for School Meal Benefits

Students approved for free and reduced price meals may be eligible to receive reduced fees for the following programs:

  • Event Fees
  • Field Trips
  • Advanced Placement Tests
  • Running Start Books
  • Associated Student Body (ASB) Fees
  • Pre-College Exams (PSAT/SAT/ACT)
  • College Application Fees

Online Application

Instructions on completing and submitting your application are provided below. Please email the Nutrition Services Office at nutritionservices@seattleschools.org if you have questions or need additional assistance.

You can apply for free and reduced price meals online with our safe, private, and secure application on PayPams. More information on the online application process

Paper Application

Download the instructions and applications below. Complete and accurate applications are required for timely processing.


Submitting Applications Before the School Year Begins

We encourage all eligible families to submit a new application for free and reduced price meals prior to the start of each new school year. Families have the ability to fill out the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application online at www.paypams.com/onlineapp. Copies of applications will also be available at every school office and lunchroom. Completed applications should be mailed to:

Culinary Services – MS: 32-372 Seattle Public Schools
2445 3rd Ave S
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124

Applications can also be emailed to culinaryservices@seattleschools.org, or faxed to 206-252-0664.

Submitting Applications After the School Year Begins

Applications are accepted anytime throughout the school year, and can be submitted to your student’s lunchroom or mailed to CUlinary Services.

Who Should Apply?

You should complete the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application if:

  • Your household income is SAME or LESS than the amount on the Income Chart (see below).
  • You receive Basic Food
  • You take part in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • You receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • You are applying for a Foster Child

Income Chart

Family Size Yearly Gross Income Monthly Gross Income Twice Per Month Gross Income Every Two Weeks Gross Income Weekly Gross Income
1$23,828$1,986$993$917$459
2$32,227$2,686$1,343$1,240$620
3$40,626$3,386$1,693$1,563$782
4$49,025$4,086$2,043$1,886$943
5$57,424$4,786$2,393$2,209$1,105
6$65,823$5,486$2,743$2,532$1,266
7$74,222$6,186$3,093$2,855$1,428
8$82,621$6,886$3,443$3,178$1,589
Each additional household member add:+ $8,399+ $700+ $350+ $324+ $162