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For the most rapid processing of your Free & Reduced Meal Application please apply online at LunchApplication.com 

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Or you may return your completed Free & Reduced Meal paper application to your student's school office

One application per household please



Meal Applications

Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." The forms can be obtained and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.

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Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.

Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.

Dinwiddie County Public Schools participate in the National School Lunch Program. This program provides assistance to those families/students meeting certain financial criteria.  Every year a confidential application for “Free and Reduced Meals” will be made available at all Dinwiddie County Public Schools, on the DCPS Website, or by calling 804-469-4190.  A new application must be filled out each year (unless the student is direct certified).  If the previous years application is left to expire, then the status of all students on that application returns to pay. Only one application per household is needed, with the exception of foster children and children in group homes. These situations require one per student. An application cannot be processed if it is:

2-Missing a Signature
3-Not a current school year application

Approval is done by federal guidelines based on household income and size. If you get SNAP (Food Stamps) or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), your children will be eligible for free meals.  Federal regulations require that you must fill out an application to receive these benefits.  This benefit is not automatic, nor retroactive, and only becomes effective on the date of approval by this office.  Approval of lunch applications will be handled at the Central School Board office by the office of School Nutrition Services.  Federal regulations allow ten working days, upon receipt in this office, to process an application. The eligibility of the students on an application is for both breakfast and lunch meals.  If the eligibility is “Reduced”, then the student(s) must pay .30 cents for breakfast and .40 cents for lunch “meals” ($3.50 per week). If the student is eligible for “Free”, then there is no charge for breakfast or lunch “meals”.

As explained on the Dinwiddie County Schools Nutrition Services Department page, all students are encouraged to memorize their PIN number for use on the available PIN Pad in their cafeteria. All screens are designed to protect the privacy of students receiving free or reduced meals.