Applications for Free/Reduced Meals

Whether your child is a new or returning student, families who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals must apply at the beginning of each school year.

  • New to our school? Don’t wait! Meal benefits do not begin until the day the application is processed and approved. This means that your child must pay for meals at the full price until we receive and approve your application.
  • Returning students – meal benefits from last year will expire on the 30th school day. The account will then automatically change and your child is responsible for paying meals. To avoid interruption of meal benefits, please submit your meal application as soon as possible.  

You may download an application from our document library or you may apply online at www.myschoolapps.com

Media Release 2019-2020

               POLICY FOR PROVIDING FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS

  July 1, 2019

Caroline County Public Schools today announced its policy for providing free or reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch, and/or School Breakfast Programs.  Each school and/or central school nutrition office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Household size and income will be used to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meal benefits.  Children from households whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, shown in the chart below, may be eligible for either free or reduced price meals.  Children who are members of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may be automatically eligible for free meals.  Children who are homeless, migrant, or runaway may also be automatically eligible for free meals.  Foster children, who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court, are eligible for free meals regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside.  Children who are members of households participating in WIC may also be eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on the household’s income.

  Household  Size Maximum Household Income  For Free Meals Household Income  For Reduced Price Meals
  1 $16,237 $16,237.01 – $23,107
  2 $21,983 $21,983.01 – $31,284
  3 $27,729 $27,729.01 – $39,461
  4 $33,475 $33,475.01 – $47,638
  5 $39,221 $39,221.01 – $55,815
  6 $44,967 $44,967.01 – $63,992
  7 $50,713 $50,713.01 – $72,169
  8 $56,459 $56,459.01 – $80,346
  For Each Additional Family Member – ADD $5,746 $8,177

Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free or reduced price meals for their children.  Applications are also available at the principal’s office in each school and at the central office.  To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must only fill out one application per household and return it to the school division.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.  The information households provide on the application will be used for determining eligibility and verification of data.  Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.  For school officials to determine eligibility for free or reduced price benefits, households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) only have to list their child(ren)’s name and SNAP or TANF case number and an adult household member must sign the application.  Households who do not list a SNAP or TANF case number, including WIC households, must list the names of all household members, the amount and frequency of the income received by each household member, and the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application.  If the household member does not have a social security number, the household member must indicate that a social security number is not available.  The application must be signed by an adult household member in order to be approved.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced price meal policy, Ellen Stephens                                           will review applications and determine eligibility.  An application for free or reduced price meals cannot be approved unless it is complete.  Households dissatisfied with the ruling of the eligibility determining official may wish to discuss the decision with the official on an informal basis.  Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either verbally or in writing to:

Herbert T. Monroe, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent

E-mail: hmonroe@ccps.us

16261 Richmond Turnpike

Bowling Green, VA 22427

804-633-5088

Households may apply for free or reduced price meals at any time during the school year.  If a household is not eligible now but has a change, such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, becomes unemployed or qualifies for SNAP or TANF, the household should contact the school for an application.  Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.

Households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may not have to complete an application for free or reduced price student meals.  School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation, obtained directly from the Virginia Department of Social Services, that a child is a member of a household currently receiving SNAP or TANF.  School officials will notify these households in writing of their eligibility.  Households who are notified of their eligibility, but who do not want their children to receive free meals, must contact the school.  SNAP and TANF households must complete an application if they are not notified in writing of their automatic eligibility within the first 10 days of the new school year.

Free Summer Meals

The Caroline County Public School system is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children. Meals will be provided, on a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

Caroline Middle School
13325 Devils Three Jump Road
Milford, VA 22514
Breakfast 8am -9am Lunch 11am -12:30pm
Monday through Thursday
June 03 through June 27

Official Media Release

Our School Nutrition Departments First Tower Garden Award Recipient

Dena Kappler, the cafe manager at CMS, nominated Agriscience Teacher Kelly Vaughan as the first recipient of a new tower garden, courtesy of the School Nutrition Department.

The Tower Garden system allows you to grow plants indoors — without dirt — and is the perfect school gardening system. Plus, they provide more than 30 lesson plans and learning materials, so the process can be integrated into the classroom curriculum with ease. We look forward to incorporating this exciting learning tool into additional locations in the future as part of our efforts to provide nutritional education to our students.