FREE/REDUCED Price MEAL APPLICATION
The free and reduced price meal application is now available online for the 2016-2017 school year. The meal application can be completed on any device that has access to the Internet including smartphones, tablets, and computers. Application information was sent to all District 65 families via US mail and email during the last week of July. Click here
for more information about the new, online meal application (available in English and Spanish). Please read directions carefully; applications must be completed in their entirety. For assistance in completing the meal application, please contact the Nutrition Services Department at (847) 859-8130. Click on the buttons below to begin the application process.
If you know someone that does not have access to a device with the Internet, click here
for a list of locations within the community where the online application can be completed.
Who should complete a meal application?
Free and reduced price meals are available to students unable to pay the full meal price according to criteria based on household size and income. Household is defined as all those persons living under the same roof and functioning as one economic unit. Instructions for completing the online meal application are mailed to all households, with the exception of those that received a Direct Certification letter, four weeks prior to the start of the school year. Copies will also be available at the JEH Center (1500 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston) and at every school office. Free and reduced price meal benefits are only valid for the school year listed on the top of the application; all families must complete a new application each school year. The meal application is available in both English and Spanish. Applications are processed within 10 days of receipt by the Nutrition Services Department. Approval (will note free or reduced status) and denial letters are mailed to the household address on file after the application has been processed.
Students that are approved for free meal benefits will receive the school lunch and/or breakfast at no charge. Students that are approved for reduced price meal benefits will be charged $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. Posted prices for a la carte items will still apply for students that qualify for free and reduced price meals.
DIRECT CERTIFICATION FOR FREE MEAL BENEFITS
If any member of the household is receiving SNAP benefits (Food Stamps) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) they should receive a Direct Certification letter for free meal benefits before the start of the school year. Please note, Medicaid (in some income-eligible instances), will not receive a Direct Certification letter for free meal benefits beginning in the 2015-2016 school year. If any member of the household is receiving Medicaid, please complete the meal application.