Meal Applications

Questions and Answers

Student and staff in lunch line
Which form do I fill out? The Free/Reduced-Price Meal Application or the Educational Benefits Form?

  • All schools are eligible for meals at no cost through Community Eligibility (CE). An Educational Benefits Form should be completed if you have children who are in K-12.
  • If you have Pre-K students, please complete the application.
  • If you have children attending both types of schools, complete the application.

For more information, call (502) 485-6237.

What is CE?

CE allows school districts in high-poverty areas to provide meals at no cost to students in schools that qualify. Most JCPS schools qualify for CE, which means all students at those schools receive meals at no cost.

How were CE schools selected?

CE is selected based on the percentage of Directly Certified (DC) students.

What is a DC student?

Students may be Directly Certified when they receive certain federal benefits, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP). Students identified by the district as homeless, Head Start, migrant, or runaways are also considered DC. Some foster children and some children receiving Medicaid may also be considered DC.

Please read this if you have a child in Early Childhood/Pre-K:

  • If you have Pre-K students, please complete the application.

Households must complete a new application each school year. Applications are available in six different languages online at MySchoolApps or by clicking directly on the links below:

Online applications are faster, easier, and more confidential, but if you prefer, you can request a paper copy by calling (502) 485-6237 or by visiting your neighborhood school.

You may also visit our Application Lab if you need help:

C. B. Young Jr. Service Center
Nutrition Services Application Lab
3001 Crittenden Drive, Rm. 133
Louisville, KY 40209-1104

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