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Reminder - School Breakfast is Free for all Students District Announces Free and Reduced Price Meal Guidelines

July 30, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (July 30, 2019) – As we get ready to start another amazing school year, all Hillsborough County Public Schools students are reminded to take advantage of the district’s free breakfast program offered to every student, regardless of the child’s household income.

The National School Breakfast Program continues to make it possible for all school children to receive a free, nutritious breakfast every school day.  Breakfast options include fruit and yogurt parfaits, whole grain muffins, and hot, fresh breakfast sandwiches. Every school breakfast served meets federal nutrition standards, and is offered free of charge to all students in Hillsborough County Public Schools.

A free breakfast is available before the first bell rings.  Check with your child’s school for specific breakfast times.

Hillsborough County Public Schools announces the federal guidelines for free and reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs. 

July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

Household Size Annually Monthly Twice Per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly
1 16,237 1,354 677 625 313
2 21,983 1,832 916 846 423
3 27,729 2,311 1,156 1,067 534
4 33,475 2,790 1,395 1,288 644
5 39,221 3,269 1,635 1,509 755
6 44,967 3,748 1,874 1,730 865
7 50,713 4,227 2,114 1,951 976
8 56,459 4,705 2,353 2,172 1,086
For each additional family member, add +5,746 +479 +240 +221 +111


Household Size Annually Monthly Twice Per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly
1 23,107 1,926 963 889 445
2 31,284 2,607 1,304 1,204 602
3 39,461 3,289 1,645 1,518 759
4 47,638 3,970 1,985 1,833 917
5 55,815 4,652 2,326 2,147 1,074
6 63,992 5,333 2,667 2,462 1,231
7 72,169 6,015 3,008 2,776 1,388
8 80,346 6,696 3,348 3,091 1,546
For each additional family member, add +8,117 +682 +341 +315 +158

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals.  The 2019-2020 household application for school meal benefits is available online beginning July 1, 2019.  To apply, go to the school district website at,  type “Go SNS” in the search bar, and follow the instructions.  Applying online is simple, secure, and the fastest way to apply for free school meal benefits.

Information on how to complete an application for school meal benefits is available on the school district website for all parents/guardians.  Parent information letters and online application promo cards will be sent home in student opening packets from each school.  Additional parent information letters and online application promo cards, along with paper applications for school meal benefits, will be available in the principal’s office at each school.

A new family application must be completed each year.  For reference only, parents may view a sample application in 49 different languages at the following website:

The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility.  The information may also be used by the school system in determining whether the child is eligible for other educational programs.  Parents may request an eligibility letter to show eligibility for other programs by calling the Healthy Meals Express Application Center at (813) 840-7066, or in person at The Center for Nutrition and Culinary Services at 9014 Brittany Way, Tampa, Florida, 33619.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.  If a child moves from one Hillsborough County public school to another in the same year, parents do not need to submit a new application. 

The majority of applications are approved based on the gross income and size of the household.  For an income application to be complete, the following must be provided:

  • 1 Total gross monthly household income by amount, frequency, and type;
  • 1 Names of all household members; 
  • 1 Signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct; and, 
  • 4 Last 4-digits of the social security number of the adult signing the application, or place a check mark by the word “NONE” for this household member if they do not have a social security number.

The school district may request documentation to verify the amount of gross income.  Foster children will receive free school meal benefits regardless of the child’s personal income or the income of the household.

Households that receive SNAP (food stamps) or TANF (temporary assistance to needy families) are required to list on the application only the child’s or children’s name(s), the SNAP or TANF Florida case number (do not use the EBT food stamp CARD number), and the printed name and signature of the adult household member completing the application.

The school district’s Healthy Meals Express Application Center will review all applications and determine eligibility.  If information is missing, applicants may not receive school meal benefits.  Applicants will receive notification by U.S. mail or E-mail of the results of their meal application within 10 days of submission.  To verify a child’s eligibility, call 866-544-5575, with the student’s ID number. 

If parents are dissatisfied with the determination and wish to discuss the decision informally with Cynthia Sweet, Program Accountability Manager, they may do so by calling the Healthy Meals Express Application Center at (813) 840-7066.  If they wish to make a formal appeal, they may do so in writing to Mary Kate Harrison, General Manager, Student Nutrition Services, 9014 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619.

Nondiscrimination Statement:  In Accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
fax: (202) 690-7442; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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