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    Federal Meal Benefits

    Electronic processing of students who qualify for Basic Food benefits (Food Stamps), TANF, or FDIPR benefits occurs prior to the start of the school year, and then monthly thereafter throughout the school year. Families who receive assistance and whose students names are in this file are not required to complete a free or reduced priced meal application. If you have received notification from DSHS that your students will qualify for free meals at school, you can call (360) 709-7740 to verify before completing additional paperwork.




    Paper Application

    To apply for free or reduced priced meals, complete one application per family being sure to list each child and their school on the application, making sure that the application is completely filled out. Incomplete applications can cause delays in approvals. Completed applications can be given to your student’s school, or you can mail it to the Food Services Department at 2020 80th Ave. SW, Tumwater, WA. 98512. Once the application has been approved or denied, a letter or email will be sent to your home from the TSD Food Service Office. Please keep a cop of your approval letter as you may use it to qualify for other fee waivers or reduced benefits. We accept applications throughout the school year.

    Do I need to re-apply each year?

    YES! If your family participated in the free and reduced priced meals program at the end of the previous school year, you will automatically qualify for the program through the 30th serving day of the next school year. IMPORTANT!!! If a new application has not been received and approved by the 30th serving day, your child (ren) will be removed from the program and you will be required to pay for any meals purchased beginning the 31st day, until your application is processed and approved.

    Is the information I provide confidential?

    YES! The application is used only to determine benefits for the breakfast and lunch program. Students receiving meals under this plan are identified only to the cafeteria cashier. Please keep a copy of your approval letter as you may use it to qualify for other fee waivers or reduced benefits.