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Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARM)

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Free And Reduced-price Meal (FARM) Application

DCPS offers nutritious, appetizing breakfasts and lunches each school day and most schools also offer a light supper or snack to students attending DCPS after school programming.  School breakfast, after school snack, and after school supper are free for all students.  DCPS lunches are $2.80 for elementary students and $3.30 for secondary students.

All DCPS students whose household’s gross income is within the free or reduced limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, or students in households receiving benefits from SNAP, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, or TANF are eligible to receive free lunch meals. In order to receive these free lunch meals, DCPS requires 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.

Applications for SY 18-19 must reflect income as of July 1, 2018.

All DCPS students will carry their previous school year meal payment status with them through September of that year.  As of October 1, however, all students attending non-Community Eligibity Provision (CEP) Schools that have not submitted an application will automatically be required to pay for lunch meals. 

USDA Notice of Non-Discrimination

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) found online at:  www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to U​SDA 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.

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:

Pertinent section of DC Code § 2-1402.11: 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) 727-3545.

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