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Meal Application and Verification Information

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National School Lunch Program (NSLP)/School Breakfast Program (SBP)


Schools send school meal applications home at the beginning of each school year. However, families may apply for school meals any time during the school year by submitting an application directly to their school or district. Free and Reduced-Price Meal eligibility is based on financial circumstances for each family unless a district offers free meals school-wide. 

The materials shared on this page are for school district use. PARENTS- please visit your school district's website for application materials.

Eligibility Manual

Eligibility Manual for School Meals (USDA)

These materials are templates for school district use. PARENTS- please visit your school district's website for your application materials.

SY 2021-22 Materials

This toolkit is designed to help districts promote the importance of families filling out the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application each year. The information collected on these forms can help schools receive funding for important programs.

Flyers & Templates

Social Media

Are These Materials Editable?

Yes, we have created an editable version of the flyer in both color and black & white options. You may choose to add your school colors, contact information, links, district logos, or other information.

Here are the steps you must complete: 

  1. Click the appropriate link below and go to Canva, you must create an account if you don't already have one (it's free). 
  2. IMPORTANT: Before you start editing, you must make a copy of the items to avoid multiple edits to the same image.
    •  Go to the upper left-hand corner and select "File".
    • Select "Make a Copy". 
  3. A new page will populate and you can start editing! 

This toolkit is modified from the LA Unified School District's More Than a Meal Toolkit. 

    Verification of free and reduced-price meal applications is an annual requirement for all local education agencies (LEAs) that include public school districts, private schools, and Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs) that collect eligibility applications to determine free and reduced-price meal benefits for students. Verification is the confirmation of current eligibility for free and reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). Verification is only required when eligibility has been approved through the application process (not directly certified students). 

    Instructions & Tools for Completing the Verification Process

    Verification Summary Report

    The Verification Summary Report is due by February 2 Each Year!

    Starting SY19-20, the Verification Summary Report (VSR) is completed in the Washington Integration Nutrition System (WINS). To learn more about this process, please view the School Meal Programs Training webpage and select the Program Training dropdown.

    To discover more about this process, we recommend the following:

    1. Review the VSR Update Training
    2. If you are new to verification, review these two trainings:

    To assist in collecting data, you can use the old VSR template. Here are instructions for the old VSR template, and previous training, if you would like to view them.