Free and Reduced Meals

 Free and Reduced Meals

The free and reduced-price lunch program is confidential, easy and can help your budget and may increase school funding.

Your child may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.
In these tough economic times, many families who have never needed assistance before are suddenly finding themselves struggling financially. If your family is in this situation, you might be able to save hundreds of dollars a year by applying for free or reduced-price school meals.
This is a confidential program.
The only people who will know your child is receiving benefits are the need-to-know school nutrition staff. Children receiving free or reduced-price meals are not identified to other students or adults.
Breakfast is free to students qualifying for
Free or Reduced Price meals.
Processing takes 3 to 7 days, please refer to your Parent Portal and you should receive a letter in your message inbox.
If you cannot print your letter out, please contact
Kim Price at 719-234-1416 to have one mailed to you.
Regular Applications: For all schools EXCEPT  Pine Creek, and the Academy Online High School)
Alternate Applications: (ONLY for Pine Creek, and the Academy Online high school). (Family Economic Survey)
2015-2016 Family Eco Survey – Spanish (unavailabe at this time)
Information Release: Please use the Forms Below if you have been notified that your student(s) have been Directly Certified or would like to up-date your 15-16 Information Release the was with your 2015-16 free and reduced meal application.
15-16 Information Release – English
15-16 Information Release - Spanish



On-Line Applications:  On-line applications are available through your parent portal.


This program is open to all—discrimination is prohibited.


The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.


Use of Information Statement: The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals.  You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application.  The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number.  We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.


Non-discrimination Statement: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or e-mail at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.