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Free and Reduced Price Meal Application Processing Reminders

  • All families must receive an application for free or reduced price meals.
  • The Letter to Households must accompany the application.
    The household must write their income information on the application form - the schools should not have to do this.
  • A determination must be made within 10 days of receipt of an application.
  • Children may be claimed based on last yearís eligibility for the first 30 operating days of the school year or until a new application is filed.
  • All applicants must be notified of the determination. Denied applicants must be notified in writing.

Benefits Prior to Processing Applications

Before applications are processed for the school year, the local agency may claim and be reimbursed for free and reduced-price meals or snacks, or free milk for these students:

  • Students from households with approved applications or Meal Benefit Notices on file from the previous year.
  • Newly enrolled children from households with children approved for benefits the previous year.
  • Previously approved children who transfer from one school to another under the jurisdiction of the same local agency. If the applications are not centrally maintained, both the sending and the receiving local agency must maintain a copy of the transferring student's application.

The above students must be allowed a 30 day carry-over of the previous eligibility determination. Once a current year application is received, it takes precedence over the previous year's application.


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North Dakota Department of Public Instruction
Kirsten Baesler, State Superintendent
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Bismarck, North Dakota 58505-0440

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