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Free and Reduced-Price School Meals

The school meal program is confidential, easy, and can help both your budget and your child’s school.  Please allow up to three business days for application to be processed.  Official approval or denial letters will be mailed after applications have been processed by Nutrition Services.

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Free and Reduced Benefits – other than meal benefits:

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Your child may be eligible.

In these tough economic times, many families are finding their finances tighter than ever. The school meal program may be able to help. The program is confidential, easy, and good for both your budget and your child’s school.

The benefits are significant.

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Families who qualify for free or reduced-price meals can save hundreds of dollars per child compared with buying full-price school meals or making meals at home. Students who qualify for reduced-price meals also  receive breakfast and lunch for free.

There are extra benefits as well; students on this program can also qualify for deep fee reductions rates for athletics and activities from 4J, Kidsports, Eugene YMCA, the City of Eugene and other after-school programs; low-cost high-speed Internet; free LTD bus passes for some high school students; and much more. Learn more here.

The school district receives federal reimbursement for the meals, and schools even receive additional federal funding based on how many students have applied and qualified for free and reduced meals—so if you fill out a form and qualify, you are helping both your family and your school!

This is a confidential program.

The only people who will know your child is receiving benefits are the nutrition staff.

Children receiving free  meals are not identified to other students or adults.

How does a family qualify?

If your household income is at or below the federal guidelines, or if your family receives food stamps, TANF, or FDPIR, you qualify! You can qualify for the program even if your situation is short-term, such as a temporary layoff.

How does a family apply?

A new application (one per household) must be completed each school year to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Applications are available online, in your school office, and at the 4J Education Center (200 North Monroe, Eugene), and can be returned to your school or to the 4J Education Center.

If your income or family size changes at any time during the school year, you may apply or reapply at that time.  You can even reapply if you were already qualified for reduced-price meals and a change in your family’s situation makes you eligible for free meals.

If you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please call 4J Nutrition Services at 541-790-7656.


Federal income guidelines (pre-tax) for 2016–17

Your children may qualify at least for reduced-price school meals if your household income falls within the limits of this chart.

Household size Annual Monthly
 -1- $21,978 $1,832 $423
 -2- $29,637 $2,470 $570
 -3- $37,296 $3,108 $718
 -4- $44,955 $3,747 $865
 -5- $52,614 $4,385 $1,1012
 -6- $60,273 $5,023 $1,160
 -7- $67,951 $5,663 $1,307
 -8- $75,647 $6,304 $1,455
For each additional
family member add
+$7,696 +$642 +$148


This program is open to all—discrimination is prohibited

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the State of Oregon prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250, or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD). The USDA and Eugene School District 4J are equal-opportunity providers and employers.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.