Free and Reduced Meals Program
It's more than a meal!
We strongly encourage parents to complete the Free and Reduced-price Meal Application. Confirmed eligibility establishes a number of benefits for individual students, such as free or discounted college-admissions tests, AP exams, and college applications; scholarship opportunities; and no- and low-cost access to technology and internet plans.
In addition, the percentages of qualifying students at a school are used as a measure to secure additional federal funding (Title I) to support students and their education, promote family engagement, and provide additional technology and internet access. Title I funds pay for additional teachers, additional learning opportunities for students, extra resources, added technology, and more.
Some organizations offer low or no cost in-home WiFi to families who receive Free/Reduced benefits. Additional school funding allows LHUSD to provide mobile hot spots to qualifying families.
In past years, students receiving Free/Reduced benefits received breakfast and lunch at little to no cost. During the pandemic, families receiving Free/Reduced meals received additional P-EBT benefits as well.
Many families who receive Free/Reduced benefits are also eligible for textbook assistance. This helps offset a portion of the cost of your child's annual curricular materials fees.
Students who receive Free/Reduced benefits may also receive discounts or waivers for tests such as the SAT, ACT, AP exams, and more. Some colleges & universities will also reduce or waive their schools application fees.
College Aid & Programs
Students may qualify to participate in college prep programs. Many college scholarships are need-based, and organizations will use Free/Reduced Meal status as a factor.
- The National School Lunch Program provides free and reduced-price meals to students who meet eligibility guidelines. Families who wish to apply must complete a new application* every school year.
- For the first 30 school days of the school year, LHUSD students will keep the same paid, free, or reduced-price meal status as the previous year.
- Applications will be processed within 10 days.
- A copy of the Letter of Eligibility must be obtained from the student's parent or guardian. If you need a replacement copy of the letter of Eligibility, the parent or guardian may contact the Child Nutrition Services office at 982-854-5413.
- The free and reduced program includes only one meal at lunch and at breakfast. If a student goes back for a second meal, their account will be charged in full.
Prior year applications EXPIRE Sept 18th, 2022
A new application MUST be filled out every year!
Who is eligible for Free Meals?
- All children in households receiving benefits from SNAP, FDPIR (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations) or TANF can get free meals regardless of your income.
- Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court.
- Children participating in their school’s Head Start Program.
- Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant.
- Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if your household income falls at or below the income guidelines in the table below.
Federal Eligibility Income Guidelines for school year 2022-2023
|Household Size||Yearly Income||Monthly Income||Weekly Income|
|Each additional person||+8,732||+728||+168|