This means that your child automatically qualifies for free breakfast and lunch as a result of being on TANF or Food Stamps.
Eligibility for free or reduced priced school meals benefits is based on any one of these three things:
- your total household income and size in the month the application is filled out, or the month before, or
- your child's individual status as foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, or
- participation in an assistance program by any member of your household
Your US citizenship or immigration status does not affect your eligibility for free or reduced price benefits.
As a school meal program sponsor, the purpose of collecting race and ethnicity data is to determine how effectively school meal programs are reaching potentially eligible students. Providing this data is voluntary and all responses will be kept confidential. Collection of this information will not affect eligibility status.