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The Free and Reduced Meal Program is confidential and open for all to apply. Program eligibility is determined by the district. Qualifying students receive free or low-cost school meals.

Free Meals and the Free and Reduced Program, Explained

Children need healthy meals to learn. Academy District 20 offers healthy meals every school day through the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs.  

By completing the Free and Reduced Meal Program application packet and being approved for the meal program, your student(s) could possibly receive a reduction and/or waiver in school fees and other programs outside of the meal program. 

To receive assistance with fees such as athletics, device fees, exams, transportation, etc., you must have an approved Free and Reduced meal application on file for the 2022-23 school year.  Once your application has been approved you can contact your student's school to find out if assistance is available for the 2022-23 school year.

The nationwide program offering the No Cost Meals during the past two years is different from the Free and Reduced meal program, and is no longer in effect.

Application Details

Previous Free and Reduced Program Participants

If your student(s) participated in the Free and Reduced Meal Program during the 2021-22 school year, please remember they receive carryover benefits for the first 30 school days (Aug. 15 – Sept. 24, 2022), or until a new eligibility determination is made, whichever comes first. 
 

SNAP Participants

  • If you participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formally known as food stamps, please wait until Aug. 22, 2022, before completing your application. We will conduct a Direct Certification with the state of Colorado and those with a current SNAP number will be automatically approved into the Free and Reduced Program. 

  • If by Aug. 22, 2022, you have not received a notification of eligibility through your Parent Portal Message Inbox or personal email on file with Central Registry, please complete a 2022-23 Free and Reduced Meal application for the 2022-23 school year on or before Sept. 24, 2022, to ensure that there is not an interruption in meal service for your student(s). 

  • 2022-23 Free and Reduced Meal Applications will be available starting July 18, 2022.  

Online Application

  • Online applications are available through the Parent Portal.

  • After logging into the Parent Portal, select the person icon in the upper right corner. On the next screen, select "account settings" and set the E-Signature PIN. 

  • After setting the E-Signature PIN, scroll down the left side and select “More”. On the next page select “Meal Benefits”.  Meal Benefits Application will have a blue link; click on it to start the application process. 

  • If a problem occurs while applying online, please contact our help desk.

Application Forms

  • Forms may be downloaded from the Forms section at the bottom of this page.

  • For all schools except Pine Creek High School and Village High School, use the "Free and Reduced Meal Application".

  • For Pine Creek High School and Village High School, use the "Family Economic Survey".

  • Paper applications are also available at the Education and Administration Center (EAC) located at 1110 Chapel Hills Dr.

Application processing, whether online or paper, can take three to seven days.  All applicants will be notified of their approval/denial status via the Parent Portal inbox. 

We would like to emphasize that applying online is a much faster way to have your application processed.

Free and Reduced

Free and Reduced helps provide transportation and meals to our families on a budget who qualify through an application process.

Free and Reduced

Overview
Free and Reduced helps provide transportation and meals to our families on a budget who qualify through an application process.
Hours
7 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday - Friday
Location
Education and Administration Center
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Free and Reduced Forms