Nutrition Services

Serving Education Since 1936

Free & Reduced Meal Program

About Free & Reduced Meals
Jefferson County Public Schools participates in the state Direct Certification program. Qualifying agencies provide lists of pre-qualified students. Households who are notified that their students have been directly certified do not need to complete an application. If your household receives SNAP or K-TAP benefits and you do not receive a qualification letter from our office by August 5th, please complete an application and list your case number.

Did You Know?

95 of our JCPS schools qualify for the Community Eligibility (CE) and will take effect the 2014-15 school year. CE allows school districts in high poverty areas to provide meals free of charge to all students in schools that qualify. For a list of CE schools, click here.

Which Form Do I Complete?

If Child attends a school that is not a CE school, read below

Students can also qualify for free or reduced-price meals if the household income falls at or below the limits on the chart below. Households must complete a new application each school year to apply for benefits. English and Spanish Applications are available online at www.applyforlunch.com . Online applications are faster, easier, more confidential and yield faster results. If you prefer, you can request a paper copy (including several other languages) by calling 485-3681 or pick one up at your neighborhood school.


(Effective from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015)

Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.


Free & Reduced Meal Applications
The Free & Reduced Meal Application is available electronically in English and Spanish. Your computer must be equipped with the free Adobe Reader program. The Free & Reduced Lunch Application includes two pages that must be printed and mailed to the address below. Applications in other languages are also available by calling 485-3681.

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

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Please note: As of July, 2013, JCPS has a new online payment provider for school meals. For your convenience, all previous student balances will be transferred over.

You don’t have to send your child to school with cash or a check to pay for meals. All Jefferson County Public School (JCPS) District cafeterias have partnered with School Payment Solutions, a secure online system that accepts debit or credit card payments.

Once you sign up with School Payment Solutions, you can deposit funds into your child’s account, check the balance, and replenish them anytime. You’ll receive payment verifications through e-mail, and you even can choose to receive low-balance reminders.

There are no charges for registering with the system, checking your balance, or receiving e-mails. There is a $2.50 fee each time you make a deposit, but you can deposit money into multiple student accounts at once and pay only one $2.50 transaction fee. Please note that deposits are typically posted to your child’s account within 24 hours.

To set up an account, visit www.SchoolPaymentSolutions.com and create an account. You will need the student’s name, district ID number, birthdate, home address and school as well as an email address to register. You will receive an email to confirm the account. For security reasons, you will need to confirm in order to log in and begin making deposits.

For more information on School Payment Solutions, contact the cafeteria manager at your child’s school.

Online Application
English | Español



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) 485-3186
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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