Nutrition Services

Serving Education Since 1936

Free & Reduced Meal Program

Community Eligibility
The majority of our JCPS schools qualify for Community Eligibility (CE), which means all students at the schools receive free meals. For a list of our CE schools, click here.

What is CE? 

Community Eligibility allows school districts in high poverty areas to provide meals free of charge to students in schools that qualify.

How were schools selected?

Schools were selected based on the percentage of directly certified students.

What is a “Directly Certified” (DC) student?

Students may be directly certified when they receive certain federal benefits including SNAP and KTAP. Students identified by the district as homeless, Head Start, migrant, or runaways are also considered directly certified. Some foster children and some children receiving Medicaid may also be directly certified.

Do I have to complete a National School Lunch Free and Reduced Meal application for my child/children?

For more information regarding Education Benefits Form or Meal Applications call 495-7080.

Please read this if your child does not attend a CE school:
Students who don’t go to a CE school may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if their household income falls at or below the limits on the chart below.

Households must complete a new application each school year. English and Spanish applications are available online at www.applyforlunch.com.

Online applications are faster, easier, and more confidential, but if you prefer, you can request a paper copy (available in several languages) by calling 485-3681 or by visiting your neighborhood school. You may also visit our Application Lab if you need help:

C. B. Young Jr. Service Center
Nutrition Services Application Lab
3001 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, KY 40209-1104

Income Chart for Free and Reduced-Price Meals
(Effective from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016)



The Jefferson County Public School District has Free and Reduced Meal Applications available at the following sites:


C. B. Young, Jr. Service Center
School & Community Nutrition Services
3001 Crittenden Drive
Room 133

Van Hoose Education Center
3332 Newburg Road
Front Desk

All Jefferson County Public Schools.

Or, they can be requested to be mailed by calling 495-7080.


Shawnalee M. Smith

Phone: (502) 485-3189
Fax: (502) 485-3910

C.B. Young, Jr. Service Center
School & Community Nutrition Services
Room 133
3001 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, Kentucky 40209-1104

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