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Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARM)

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Free and Reduced-price Meal (FARM) Application

Children need healthy meals to learn. DC Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day. DCPS participates in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) and adheres to the nutrition and meal guidelines established by the USDA and the DC Healthy Schools Act. Our schools participate in the National School Breakfast Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the Child and Adult Food Care Program.

Breakfast is free to all students; lunch costs $3.00 for all students; and afterschool meals (provided at select schools) are free to students at these select schools. Your children may qualify for free lunch meals.

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

  1. For School Year 2019- 2020, 87 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
  2. At our remaining schools, DCPS students may qualify for free meals in one of the following ways:
    1. All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), are eligible for free meals. 
    2. Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.  
    3. Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, migrant or categorically eligible are eligible for free meals. 
    4. DCPS students whose household’s gross income is within the free or reduced limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines must complete a Free And Reduced-price Meal (FARM) Application. One FARM application should be completed for all students in a household, even if the students attend different DCPS schools.

All FARM applications for SY 19-20 must reflect income as of July 1, 2019.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) [PDF] found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: US Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410; 
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
  3. email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

District of Columbia Human Rights Act 

Also, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, approved December 13, 1977 (DC law 2-38; DC official code §2-1402.11(2006), as amended) states the following:

It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice to do any of the following acts, wholly or partially for a discriminatory reason based upon the actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, or political affiliation of any individual. To file a complaint alleging discrimination on one of these bases, please contact the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights at (202) 727-4559 or [email protected].

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