• Applying for Free/Reduced Price School Meals

    Free and Reduced Price Lunch - Apply Now

    Free/Reduced Priced Meals are available for eligible families. Family circumstances can change at any time; therefore, please know that applications can be completed anytime during the school year.

    • Families can submit Free and Reduced-Priced Meal Applications online by logging in to www.schoolcafe.com. The application process is quick and easy. This process will require an adult to login using the 7-digit Local Student ID (can be found in Focus/Parent Portal) of any student in your household. Applying online will speed up the determination process and benefits can be utilized sooner. Please remember to include all students in your household that attend USC schools on the same application. 

    • OR click here to download and print the application for the 2023-24 School Year (coming soon)

    • Families who qualify for free/reduced price lunch may also qualify for low-cost Internet service. Click here for info.

    Children may be determined “categorically eligible” for free meals through participation in certain Federal Assistance Programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or based on their status as a homeless, migrant, runaway, or foster child.

    Children can also qualify for free or reduced-price school meals based on household income and family size. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the Federal poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals.

    Click here to review the 2023-24 Income Eligibility Guidelines

    Additional assistance may be available

    Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services has an online tool to help families apply for programs and manage benefits. There are new forms of assistance, and you may qualify for additional benefits due to the effects of COVID-19. Please visit the COMPASS site to learn more.



  • Who can get free or reduced-price meals or special milk?

  • How do i know if my children qualify as homeless, migrant, or runaway?

  • Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

  • Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are already approved for free meals?

  • Can I apply online?

  • My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out a new one?

  • I get WIC. Can my children get free meals?

  • Will the information I give be checked?

  • If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?

  • What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?

  • May i apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?

  • What if my income is not always the same?

  • What if some household members have no income to report?

  • We are in the military. Do we report our income differently?

  • What if there isn’t enough space on the application for my family?

  • My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for?