Seattle Public Schools

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
  • Yearbook Fees

Schools with free student meals 2023-24

Schools with free meals for all students

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.

See the schools

Who Should Apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals?

If your student’s school is on the list above, please do not complete the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application. These schools have a different form for families. Please see above.

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

  • Your household income is the 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

Income Chart

USDA Child Nutrition Program Income Guidelines
Effective July 1–June 30, 2024

Yearly Gross IncomeMonthly Gross IncomeTwice Per Month Gross IncomeEvery Two Weeks Gross IncomeWeekly Gross Income
For each additional family member, add:+$9,509+$793+$397+$366+$183

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. Paper applications are also available below and at every school office and lunchroom.

Online Application

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

Completed paper applications can be sent via email, fax, or mail to Culinary Services: