Free & Reduced Meal Program
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:
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
Income Chart for Free and Reduced-Price Meals
The Jefferson County Public School District has Free and Reduced Meal Applications available at the following sites:
C. B. Young, Jr. Service Center
Van Hoose Education Center
All Jefferson County Public Schools.
Or, they can be requested to be mailed by calling 495-7080.
Shawnalee M. Smith