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Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARM)

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Free and Reduced-price Meal (FARM) Application School Year 2021-2022

For school year 2021-2022 students at all DCPS schools will receive meals at no charge. This includes breakfast and lunch, plus supper and snack at applicable schools.

Despite universal free meals for SY 21/22, DCPS FNS encourages parents/guardians of students who do not attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school to complete the Free and Reduced Meal (FARM) application to ensure they are eligible for other benefits.

Many students qualify for FARM, your student may qualify through one of the following ways:

  1. For School Year 2021- 2022, 86 of our schools qualify for free lunch under the USDA Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). To see a list of these schools, please visit: dcps.dc.gov/page/community-eligibility-provision-cep-schools. Households where all students attend a DCPS CEP school do not need to complete a FARM application and will automatically be eligible for all benefits associated with approved FARM status.
  2. At DCPS schools (listed below) students may automatically qualify for free meals in one of the following ways:
    1. Students in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
    2. Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court.  
    3. Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, migrant status. 

If your student does not meet the above qualifications and attends a DCPS school listed below, then a Free And Reduced-price Meal (FARM) Application is required to qualify for free meals based on family income.

  • Benjamin Banneker High School
  • Brent Elementary School
  • Capitol Hill Montessori
  • Deal Middle School
  • Duke Ellington
  • Eaton Elementary School
  • Hardy Middle School
  • Hearst Elementary School
  • Hyde-Addison Elementary School
  • Janney Elementary School
  • Key Elementary School
  • Lafayette Elementary School
  • Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School
  • Mann Elementary School
  • Maury Elementary School
  • Military Road Early Learning Center
  • Murch Elementary School
  • Oyster-Adams – Adams Campus
  • Oyster-Adams – Oyster Campus
  • Peabody Elementary School
  • Ross Elementary School
  • Shepherd Elementary School
  • Stevens Early Learning Center
  • Stoddert Elementary School
  • Stuart-Hobson Middle School
  • School Within A School – Goding
  • School Without Walls – Francis Stevens
  • School Without Walls High School
  • Van Ness Elementary School
  • Watkins Elementary School
  • Wilson High School

See the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines below if you believe your household qualifies:

Household Size

Maximum household income amounts

 

Annual

Monthly

Weekly

2

$32,227

$2,686

$620

3

$40,626

$3,386

$782

4

$49,025

$4,086

$943

5

$57,424

$4,786

$1,105

6

$65,823

$5,486

$1,266

7

$74,222

$6,186

$1,428

8

$82,621

$6,886

$1,589

Each additional family member

+$8,399

+$700

+$162

a. Only ONE FARM APPLICATION PER HOUSEHOLD should be completed even if the students attend different schools. A household is considered all persons, related or unrelated, living at the same address.

b. DCPS only accepts FARM applications for the DCPS schools listed above, if you or your child attends a charter or private school, please reach out to the school directly. 

c. FARM benefits for school year 2020-2021 expired on June 30th, 2021 and a new application is needed for school year 2021-2022.

 

Benefits of FARM Status

  1. Qualification for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) Funds (updated 6/30/21)
    1. For all questions related to the DC P-EBT program please visit the DC P-EBT webpage or call the P-EBT call center at 1-877-4DC-PEBT (1-877-432-7328).
  2. Waiver of college test fees
  3. Waiver of college application fees
  4. Reduced price internet services

 

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