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Culinary Services

Free and Reduced Price Meals

Applying for School Meal Benefits

Seattle Public Schools has several schools that will offer free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all students. See a list of schools that will offer free meals for all students.

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

How to Apply

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. Applications are accepted anytime throughout the school year.

The application can be submitted online or paper applications are also available at every school office and lunchroom. Completed paper applications can be sent via email, fax, or mail 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 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

Online Application

Instructions on completing and submitting your application are provided below. Please email the Culinary Services Office at culinaryservices@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.

Income Chart

Family
Size
Yearly Gross IncomeMonthly Gross IncomeTwice Per Month Gross IncomeEvery Two Weeks Gross IncomeWeekly Gross Income
1$25,142$2,096$1048$967$484
2$33,874$2,823$1,412$1,303$652
3$42,606$3,551$1,776$1,639$820
4$51,338$4,279$2,140$1,975$988
5$60,070$5,006$2,503$2,311$1,156
6$68,802$5,734$2,867$2,647$1,324
7$77,534$6,462$3,231$2,983$1,492
8$86,266$7,189$3,595$3,318$1,659
Each
additional
household
member add:
+ $8,732+ $728+ $364+ $336+ $168