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Free and Reduced-Price Meals Application Now Open

Fort Smith Public Schools announces its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the  National School Lunch Program, Spice, and The National School Breakfast Program.  Each school and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.  The price charged for a paid student breakfast is $.0 the price charged for a paid student lunch is $2.50-$2.75. 

Visit the Child Nutrition page to fill out the application.


The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits for the school year 2022-2023.  Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

free and reduced price meals chart


Household application forms are being distributed by the school with a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for their children. Only one application should be submitted for each household.  Applications are also available at the principal’s office in each school, or online at To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households must complete the application and return it to school. Applications will be considered incomplete if all information is not provided as described in the instructions provided with the application. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year as circumstances change. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data.  

Applications may be subject to verification at any time during the school year by school officials.



Children who are members of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, households are categorically eligible for free meals.  School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation obtained directly from the SNAP office.  School officials will notify households of their eligibility.  Households who are notified of their eligibility but who do not want their children to receive free meals must contact the school.  SNAP households should complete an application if they are not notified of their eligibility by September 26th, 2022. Households with children who are members of currently approved Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly food stamps, may submit an application with abbreviated information as described in the application instructions. Children certified as migrants, homeless, or runaway by the district are categorically eligible for free meals.  Contact The Parker Center at 479-784-8182 with questions regarding migrants, homeless, or runaway meal benefits.

Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court are also eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Eligibility for the foster child is based on the child being the legal responsibility of the welfare agency or court.   An application for a household that includes both foster children and non-fosters must be completed for eligibility to be determined for the non-foster children.  Contact your child’s school with questions regarding foster children.

Children in households that receive WIC may be eligible for benefits.  An application must be completed for the determination of eligibility. If a household member becomes unemployed during the school year, the household may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals PROVIDED that the loss of income causes the household income to be within the eligibility criteria.  An application should be completed for the determination of eligibility benefits.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the Child Nutrition Department will review applications and determine eligibility.  479-785-2501

Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the determining official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.  Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either to:  Charles Warren at 479-785-2501

A household may submit an application ANYTIME DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.