• Apply For Free or Reduced-Price Meals

    Apply for free and reduced price meals

    Free or reduced-price meals are available to students based on household size and income (see chart below). If income falls below the amount listed below for household size, then students living within the household may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Students are automatically eligible for free meals if the family receives assistance under the Food Supplement Program or Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) benefits.

    Income Eligibility Guidelines (2016-2017)

    Household Size
    Yearly
    Monthly
    Weekly
    1
    21,978
    1,832
    423
    2
    29,637
    2,470
    570
    3
    37,296
    3,108
    718
    4
    44,955
    3,747
    865
    5
    52,614
    4,385
    1,012
    6
    60,273
    5,023
    1,160
    7
    67,951
    5,663
    1,307
    8
    75,647
    6,304
    1,455
    For each additional family member, add:
    7,696
    642
    148


    To apply, families must complete a new Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals at the beginning of each school year. Students and their families do not have to be U.S. citizens to receive meal benefits. All students in the family should be listed on one application.

    Applications are sent home with students the first week of school. Applications are available at all PGCPS schools, and can be submitted at any time.

    Completed applications can be turned in to any PGCPS school or the Department of Food and Nutrition Services in person or by U.S. mail.

    Prince George's County Public Schools
    Food and Nutrition Services
    Application Center
    13300 Old Marlboro Pike
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

    Applications can take up to 10 days to process. Families will be notified if they are approved or do not qualify for meal benefits.

    For more information, call 301-952-6517.

    The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced-price meals.  You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application.  The last four digits of the social security number are not required when you are only applying for foster children, or you list a Food Supplement Program or Temporary Cash Assistance case number, or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number.  We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.