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UPDATE: Free/Reduced Lunch Applications for 2012-2013 Not Yet Available

Families who didn't receive a form in the mail can still apply for free or reduced school meals at FCPS schools.

UPDATE: FCPS tells Patch that free and reduced meal applications are not yet available and have not been mailed to families yet. Applications will automatically be sent to families who qualify for free and reduced meals, according to FCPS.

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Worried about your child's meals while he or she is at school? If you didn't receive a free and reduced price meal application in the mail, you can still apply by contacting: Fairfax County Public Schools' Food and Nutrition Services, at 703-813-4800 or 703-813-4844.

Free and reduced-price lunches are available to students in families who are unable to pay the full price of meals, according to criteria based on household size and income. In addition to English, applications are also available in Arabic, Farsi, Korean, Spanish, Urdu, and Vietnamese.

Families who earn less than 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals and those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of poverty level qualify for reduced price meals.

Approximately 24 percent of the student enrollment at Fairfax County Public Schools qualify for free and reduced price meals. The prices for paid breakfast and lunch are determined by the School Board and the price of reduced price meals are established by the federal government.

Menus aren't available yet but here's an example of last year's meals and their nutritional value.

Joanne Perez August 02, 2012 at 12:57 AM
do they need to sign up again, if they had Free lunch last year?
Mary Ann Barton August 03, 2012 at 04:31 AM
It's my understanding that families who qualify will receive an application from FCPS very soon in the mail; I believe you do have to apply each year, but good question. We can try to find out.
Barbara Glakas August 03, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Yes, the families need to re-apply every year.
Mary Ann Barton August 03, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Thanks Barbara!

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