Nutrition Services

Free/Reduced Program

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What does the Free and Reduced program offer?

The program offers free or discounted meals to those in need. Families may qualify based on income guidelines set-up by the US Dept. of Agriculture and the Nebraska Dept. of Education's Nutrition Services.

How does a person or a family qualify for benefits?

Each family must complete a Lincoln Public Schools Free/Reduced Meal application. Based on income a family may qualify using several factors, including household income, number of persons living in household, and whether the family is currently receiving Food Stamps (SNAP), TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), or FDPIR (Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations).

How to apply?

The fastest and most convenient way to complete an application for your family is to complete the Free/Reduced Meal Application on-line. The on-line application allows our office to process your application much more quickly so that your family can begin receiving the programs benefits faster. Completing the application on-line also reduces the risk of your application being lost or delayed in the mail, insures that your application is complete at the time you submit it and eliminates the need for postage. Applications may be submitted any time throughout the year.

Assistance with the online application is available by calling (402) 436-1746, or by visiting the Nutrition Services Department or your school office.

To request a paper application contact the Nutrition Services Office at (402) 436-1746, visit us at 5905 O Street, Lincoln, NE 68510,  pick one up at your student's school or print a copy. Our office is not responsible for paper applications that are lost/delayed in the U.S. or school mail. Completing the on-line application is highly recommended.

Free & Reduced Meal Application Eligibility Status Now Delivered Via E-mail!

As part of Lincoln Public Schools endeavor to make information easily accessible to families we are pleased to inform you that your students free & reduced eligibility notification letter will be provided to you on-line. We believe that this will be a more effective and useful process for all our families, as well as serve as a wise use of school district resources.

You will receive an e-mail from “School Lunch Status” with the subject line: “Eligibility Status Is Available!” In the e-mail you will be provided a link to your family’s eligibility notification. You can view or print your students’ eligibility letter anytime throughout the school year. E-mail notifications will be sent in lieu of U.S. postal mail when you provide an e-mail address on your free & reduced meals application or if you have a valid e-mail address on file at your student's school. Please allow up to 2-3 business days after submitting your online application or up to ten business days after submitting a paper application to receive your eligibility notification. Applications submitted without an e-mail address will be sent via U.S. mail.