The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day to all public and non-profit private schools (regardless of tuition). Eligibility is determined through an application process which considers both income and household size. If a household currently receives Food Stamps (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or participates in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), the child(ren) in that household are eligible for free school meals. If your child(ren) are directly certified you are not required to fill out an application. Homeless, runaway and migrant children are also automatically eligible for free school meals.
What you will need to provide during the application process:
- Denver Public Schools (DPS) student ID # (6-digits: 766000) for each DPS student in your household. Also, to expedite the process please have the school names, grades, and birthdates of each student in your household. Please have the names and incomes of every member of your household.
- If you have a SNAP case number from the State of Colorado, it must start with 1B. It is NOT the 10-digit number from your Colorado Quest Card.
- The last 4 digits of your social security number and electronic signature.
- (Optional Online) A valid email address or phone number for district communication about the status of the application. Eligibility status letters will be emailed to the address you have listed on this application. If you do not have an email address, one can be created at the time of FRL entry.