Free and Reduced Price Meals

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    Completed application can be given to your school's office or mailed directly to: Portland Public Schools Nutrition Services, PO Box 3107, Portland OR 97208-3107. Families may submit a new meal application at any time during the school year if you have income or household changes (for example, additional household members).

    Actively enrolled PPS students in grade levels pre-K through high school are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meal benefits valued up to $1,000 per year, if your family meets one of the following criteria:

    • USDA income guidelines
    • Receives SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly Food Stamps) benefits
    • Receives TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits 
    • Receives FDPIR (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations) benefits

    Students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals may also be eligible to receive additional benefits such as fee reductions and/or waivers and low cost internet if you date, sign and submit the "Permission to Share" form (page 3 of paper form) with your meal application. Remember to keep your meal benefits approval notification letter as it will be needed when applying for other benefits. If your child attends one of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools, you do NOT need to submit a free or reduced-price meal application. However, students attending a non-CEP school will need to complete a new meal application for the 2017-18 school year. For meal benefits related questions, call (503) 916-3402 or send an email to mealbenefits@pps.net.

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