Healthy Meals Express Application Center
Free and Reduced Meals Program
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Hillsborough County Student Nutrition Services offers a variety of healthy meal choices for breakfast and lunch to all students through the National School Lunch and Breakfast program. This program also allows us to offer free meal benefits to students that qualify through an application process.
Students who qualify for a free or reduced price meal, regardless of their meal status can receive a free breakfast and lunch every day.
In 2005, the School Board approved to eliminate the $.40 charge for reduced priced meals. We will continue this practice for this school year. If a child’s application qualifies for reduced priced meals there will be no charge for lunch or breakfast.
- A new family application must be submitted every year.
- Applications can be accepted at the school site: but they are processed at the Healthy Meals Express Application Center.
- Prior to approval, parents are responsible for the payment of all meals until the application is processed.
- Past due balances will roll forward from year to year.
Instructions on how to complete the Online Free and Reduced Application:
Part 1 - Homeless, Migrant, Runaway,
If student is Homeless, Migrant, or Runaway, check appropriate box
Part 2 - SNAP/TANF (food stamps)
If any member of your household receives SNAP/TANF (food stamp) benefits, provide the case number for the person and go to part 3.
Part 3 - Student Information
List the student’s birthday, first and last name exactly as it appears on the student’s registration.
Click on lookup button, If the student’s ID number does not appear, the Student Nutrition Staff will fill in the appropriate student ID number. If student is a Foster Child or in a Group home click the button next to yes.
Part 4 - Guardian information and Social Security Number (last 4-digits)
This information is required for the application to be complete.
Part 5 - Total Household Members and Income
List all household members and income. Income area will become shaded if income is not required based on the information you provided in the sections above. Choose from the follow income codes:
- W = Weekly
- B = Bi-weekly (every two weeks)
- T = Twice a month
- M = Monthly
- Y = Yearly (only to be used if you are a seasonal, migrant, or self employed family).
- = None (check none next to all household members that do not receive an income).
You must read each of the statements below and indicate your acceptance of them by clicking the “Agree” button on the left. If you select “Decline” on either statement, your application can not be processed.
After accepting each statements below, click in the “Guardian Signature” box. Your name and today’s date and time will appear.
Then select “Submit” from the drop down on the right and click the “Go” button.
Until further notice, for the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members should be considered a household member. However, only the portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to the household will be included with all other household income.
WIC participants may be eligible for free and reduced price meals.
For reference only, parents may view a sample free and reduced meal application in 34 different languages at the following website: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Application/application_process.htm
Meal Status Hotline:
To verify your student’s eligibility status for 2013-2014, call: 1-866-544-5575, and enter your student(s) 7-digit student ID number.
Questions about the process? – Call 813-840-7066, and you will receive your answers quickly!