Meal Applications

For instructions on how to apply for free and reduced meals, click here

Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to any families who wish to apply.  Families whose children are directly certified for free or reduced price meals will be mailed at letter in mid-August, informing them of their child's automatic eligibility.  Your children MAY be directly certified if your family receives SNAP benefits, transitional assistance, or certain forms of Medicaid.

All families will receive a packet with the free and reduced price meal application towards the end of August 2020, unless your children were already directly certified for free or reduced price meals.  If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." 

Please return completed applications and/or the "Sharing Information with other Programs" form to Braintree School Nutrition, 128 Town Street, Braintree, MA 02184 any school office. You will be notified by mail and email of your child's status. Until notification, you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.

Who can get free or reduced price meals?

  • All children in households receiving benefits from MA SNAP, MA TAFDC, FDPIR, or specific categories of Medicaid are eligible for free meals.
  • Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
  • Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
  • Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART For School Year 2020-2021

Household size

Yearly

Monthly

Weekly

1

$23,606

$1,968

$454

2

$31,894

$2,658

$614

3

$40,182

$3,349

$773

4

$48,470

$4,040

$933

5

$56,758

$4,730

$1,092

6

$65,046

$5,421

$1,251

7

$73,334

$6,112

$1,411

8

$81,662

$6,802

$1,570

Each additional person:

+8,288

+691

+160

Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.

Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.