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School Lunch and Breakfast

Summary: Breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost to those children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals in grades K-12.

Seattle Public Schools School Lunch and Breakfast Program

Breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost to those students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Additionally, Seattle Public Schools has several schools that will offer free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all students.

All other students will be charged the rates shown below.

Seattle Public Schools has several schools that will offer free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all students. If your student’s school does not appear on this list and you need assistance with student meal costs, please apply for the 2022-23 Free and Reduced Lunch application.

Aki Kurose Middle School
Alan T. Sugiyama High School
Bailey Gatzert Elementary School
Broadview-Thomson K-8 Elementary School
Chief Sealth High School
Cleveland High School
Concord Elementary School
Dearborn Park Elementary School
Denny Middle School
Dunlap Elementary School
Emerson Elementary School
Franklin High School
Garfield High School
Graham Hill Elementary School
Highland Park Elementary School
John Muir Elementary School
Kimball Elementary School
Leschi Elementary School
Licton Springs K-8 School
Lowell Elementary School
Madrona Elementary School
Maple Elementary School
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
Meany Middle School
Mercer International Middle School
Northgate Elementary School
Olympic Hills Elementary School
Olympic View Elementary School
Orca K-8 School
Rainier Beach High School
Rainier View Elementary School
Rising Star Elementary School
Roxhill Elementary School
Sand Point Elementary School
Sanislo Elementary School
Seattle World School
South Shore K-8 School
Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
Viewlands Elementary School
Washington Middle School
West Seattle Elementary School
Wing Luke Elementary School

Regular Price

Elementary and K-8 Schools

  • Breakfast $2.25
  • Lunch $3.25

Middle and High Schools

  • Breakfast $2.50
  • Lunch $3.50

Paying for School Meals

Culinary Services offers a variety of convenient ways to pay for school meals. Checks and cash are accepted by the school’s Lunchroom Manager either as a pre-paid deposit to a student’s account or for purchasing individual meals, milk or other a la carte item. Checks should be made payable to Culinary Services.

Student meals can be paid for with a credit card online at PayPams.

PayPams require the Student’s ID number or meal account pin number (provided by the school) to create an account. The Student ID number can be found on report cards or by accessing The Source.

PayPams charges users $1.95 (per student) each time money is added to the online account.

Who should fill out the Free and Reduced Price Lunch application? 

Fill out the application if: 

  • Total household income is the SAME or LESS than the amount on the chart. 
  • You receive Basic Food, take part in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for your children. 
  • You are applying for foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court. 

Be sure to submit ONLY ONE application per household. We will notify you if the application is approved or denied. If any child you are applying for is homeless (McKinney-Vento), or migrant, check the appropriate box. 

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. Online Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Turn in the paper application to the school lunchroom; or mail to: Culinary Services – MS 32-372; PO Box 34165, Seattle, WA 98124; or fax to Culinary Services at 206-252-0664; or email to culinaryservices@seattleschools.org .

Paper Application

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

What counts as income? Who is considered a member of my household? 

Look at the income chart below. Find your household size. Find your total household income. If members in the household are paid at different times during the month and you are unsure if your household is eligible, fill out an application and we will determine your income eligibility for you. The information you give will be used to determine your child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. 

Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals regardless  of personal use income. If you have questions about applying for meal benefits for foster children, please contact us at 206-252-0675. 

HOUSEHOLD is defined as all persons, including parents, children, grandparents, and all people related or unrelated who live in your home and share living expenses. If applying for a household with a foster child, you may include the foster child in the total household size. 

HOUSEHOLD INCOME is considered to be the income each household member received before taxes. This includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. If including a foster child as part of the household, you must also include the foster child’s personal income. Do not report foster payments as income. 

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

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