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Important Free & Reduced information

 

Nothing is more important to us than making sure your children receive all the educational benefits available to them while attending Tukwila School District, and making sure they receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch is part of those benefits.

 

Free & Reduced Meals help provide kids’ books and computers too!

Save your family $1,000 or more every year; Internet for $10

Did you know that a substantial amount of the Federal Funds the Tukwila School District receives each year is based in part on the number of approved Free and Reduced applications that we receive each year?   The higher percentage of qualifying students a district has the more federal and state grant money it is eligible to receive for other important learning resources like computers, books and much, much, more!

We certainly prefer that you encourage your child to enjoy the quality, value and convenience our school meals provide, but by submitting a qualifying application students can greatly help their schools funding whether they eat with us or not.  New applications must be filled out each year and the new 2014-15 versions are now available at all school offices as well as the administration building and Food Services Department.  You can also find copies on our district website that you can print, fill out and submit as well.  We will notify you if the application is approved or denied by mail. If any child you are applying for is homeless, migrant, or a runaway, check the appropriate box and call your school.

Letters to Households and Free & Reduced Applications

  • Letter to Households - The attached document explains how a family can receive meals for their students attending the Tukwila School District at no cost. The document also includes the Income Chart used to determine if a family qualifies for the program based on household size and family income. Please take a few moments to read through this letter before filling out the application below.
  • Free & Reduced Meal Application - The attached application is designed to encourage you to apply for the federal lunch program. This federal lunch program provides families with the opportunity to receive breakfast and lunch for their children free of charge. The Tukwila School District encourages families to take advantage of this opportunity.  Please pick up an application in your school office.

*We currently have the Free and Reduced Flyers available in the following languages:

Frequently asked questions

Who Should Fill Out an Application?

Fill out an application if:

  • Everyone—please read the first paragraph of this page.
  • Your total household income is the same or less than the amount on the income chart.
  • You are receiving Basic Food, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for your children

What Counts as Income? Who is Considered a Member of My Household?

  • Look at the income chart below. Find your household size and total household income. If member in the household are at different times during the month and you are unsure if your household is eligible, fill out an application and we will determine your income eligibility for you. the information you give will be used to determine your child's eligibility for free or reduced-price meals

Don't my Children Automatically Qualify if they have a Case Number?

  • Children on TANF or Basic Food my get free meals without the household having to complete an application. These children are identified by the school using a data matching process. TANF and Basic Food staff at the Department of Social and health Services (DSHS) sends a list of children on these programs to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instructions (OSPI). OSPI matches the children on this list to our list of enrolled students that your child's school has reported to us. This matched list is then made available to your child's school food service staff. The students on this list get free meals if their school has the free and reduced breakfast and/or lunch program not all schools do). Please contact us immediately if you feel your children should be receiving free meals and aren't.
  • HOUSEHOLD is defined as all persons, including parents, children, grandparents and all people related or unrelated who live in your home and share living expenses. If applying for a household with a foster child, you may include the foster child in the total household size.
  • HOUSEHOLD INCOME is considered to be the income each household member received before taxes. This includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony and any other cash income. If including a foster child's personal income. Do not report foster payments as income.

Required Information when completing your application:
A signature is always required on every application


A.   For Household NOT getting any Food Stamps, TANF OR FDPIR.  An income base household:

  • Student's Name
  • names of all household members
  • Income by source for all household members
  • Total Household Members
  • Adult household member's signature
  • Last 4 digits of social security number of the adult household member who signs the application (or check the "I do not have a social security number" box if the adult signing the application does not have one)

B.   For a Household with foster children:

  • Student's Name
  • Attending School
  • Adult household member's signature
  • Last four digits of social security number for the adult signing the application. (or check the "I do not have a social security number" box if the adult signing the application does not have one)

C.   For a household with a foster children and other children:

 

  • Apply as a household and include foster children. Follow the directions above for A. Households not getting assistance and include child's personal use income.

D.   For a family getting Basic Food/TANF/FDPIR:

  • List all student names and case number where appropriate. if the student is not the one with a case number, enter the household member's name and their case number
  • Last four digits of social security number for the adult signing the application. (or check the "I do not have a social security number" box if the adult signing the application does not have one)
  • Adult household member's signature

If you have any questions or need help completing the form, please do not hesitate to contact Aracely Montufar at (206) 901-7824 in our Food Service Department.