What are the benefits for completing a Free and Reduced-Price Meal application?
Besides having your child receive a hot nutritious meal, it is very important to Denver Public School's (DPS) funding to complete the Free/Reduced-Price Meal Application and return it to your child's school or the Food and Nutrition Services office as quickly as possible. DPS receives much of its federal funding for students qualifying for Free/Reduced-Price meals even if you choose to not participate in the school meals program. Just by your qualifying, the district receives money for educational needs; in addition, there are other benefits associated with qualifying for free or reduced meals such as:
- Waiver of some school fees
- Gear Up
- Post secondary options
- Book Fees (waived)
- After School programs and more.....
Again, you may be eligible to receive these benefits even if you choose not to receive a nutritious breakfast or lunch. The meal application is IMPORTANT, so please complete and return it TODAY.
Who will see my application?
We may share your eligibility information with federal education programs and state health and nutrition programs to help evaluate, fund or determine benefits for their programs, audits for program reviews and law enforcement officials to help look into misuse of program rules.
A student's school meal eligibility status will not be released for any other purpose unless a parent or guardian has consented in writing.
How do I apply for Free/Reduced-Price meal benefits for my child(ren)?
To receive meal benefits you must complete a Free/Reduced-Price meal application. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, please be sure to fill out all required information.
- Print neatly using BLACK ink
- Print one letter or number per box
- Keep each letter or number inside the box
Completed applications must contain:
- Student 6 digit ID number
- Adult signature
- Adult social security number - last 4 digits OR the box checked indicating "I do not have a Social Security Number "
- Total household gross income or the box checked "No Income"
You may pick up a Free/Reduced-Price meal application at any DPS school office or cafeteria or the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Office at 2320 W. 4th Ave. Complete the application and return it to the school cafeteria manager or the FNS office.
NEW! You may also apply online
Why do I have to reapply each year?
Federal guidelines require we have a new application on file each school year.
Why was my application selected for income verification?
Federal guidelines require us to conduct income verification of at least 3% of all applications on file each year. Applications are randomly selected for verification by our computer system. Within a specified time period, parents/guardians must provide adequate documentation to verify income. If the documentation is not provided, the student could lose free or reduced meal benefits.
Why did my child's status change from free/reduced at the beginning of the year to full pay?
This could occur for different reasons:
- If you did not complete a new application within 30 student contact days from the first day of school, your children automatically changed to a full pay status.
- You were selected for verification and did not return the required documentation
How do I know what my child's meal status will be?
Once your application has been processed, we will send you a notification letter stating what your child's meal status will be. Please keep this letter for your records.
Can I complete an application for free and reduced-price meals by phone, fax, or on-line?
We are unable to accept applications by phone or fax. All traditional applications must be on an official form and must be turned into your school cafeteria manager or mailed to Food and Nutrition Services Office, 2320 W. 4th Ave., Denver, CO 80223; or you may apply online
What happens if I do not return the application?
Your household will be required to pay full price for any breakfast or lunch your child purchases at school.