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    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 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 (PDF)

    Online Free & Reduced Lunch Application


    Paper Application

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

    Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application and Instructions for 2021-22 (English)  

    Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application translated in:

    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. This allows the application to be processed and the correct eligibility established before school starts. Families have the ability to fill out the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application online at Copies of applications will also be available at every school office and lunchroom. Completed applications should be mailed to:

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

    Applications can also be emailed to, 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 Nutrition 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

    Income Chart - Effective From July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022
    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