Free and Reduced Meal Application

We strongly encourage all parents/guardians who feel they may be eligible to submit a Free/Reduced-price Meal Application.

Every eligible form that is not submitted means lost resources for our schools.

Filling out the school meal application may help provide the following:

  • Before and After School Academic & Enrichment Programs
  • Fee Waivers for Sports, ASB functions, etc...
  • Fee Waiver for College Applications & Admissions Tests
  • USDA Pandemic EBT card program 
  • College Bound Scholarship
  • Guidance & College Counselors
  • Health & Wellness Services
  • Resources for Classrooms, Teachers & Children
  • 30-day grace period for the 2023-2024 school year

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be available in Mid- August.

*Parents, if you are enrolling a Kindergartener for next school year (2023-2024), the application for Free/Reduced meals for the 2023-2024 school year will be available in August right before school starts.  

** A completely online Free/Reduced Meal Application is also available through the "Skyward Family Access" portal on the school district website.


Step-by-Step Guide to Apply for Free & Reduced Meal Program

The North Kitsap School District participates in the National School Breakfast & Lunch Program.

You may apply for Free / Reduced-price meals at any time during the school year.

Applications are provided by the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Please only apply once per household.

Step 1: Do You Qualify?

Find out if you may qualify and get answers to frequently asked questions by opening and reading the above "Letter to Household". 

Step 2: Gather Required Information

When filling out the application, you will need the following information:

  • Name, birth date, grade, and school of each school-age child
  • Names and incomes of all household members
  • Signature and date (electronic signature for the online applications)
  • Last four digits of the signers' social security number
  • Address, phone number, and email address if you have one
  • Case Number for Basic Food, TANF or FDPIR

Step 3: Apply

Applications are available above, or you may pick one up at the Food Service Office or in your school office.

You may also choose to apply online by going to Skyward Family Access. Enter your username and password, and then click the "Food Service" link on the left side of the screen.

Do you need an application in a different language?

If you need a Free/Reduced Meal Application in a different language, please click the below link that will take you to the USDA's website and then click and print the appropriate Application.

Click Here- Translated Applications

Only apply once per your household.

Please have your student drop it off in your school kitchen with the Food Service staff. We have 10 business days to process the application (it usually takes 24-48 hours).

If you qualify for free or reduced-price meals, you will be notified by either letter or email of the application results. If you believe you have applied or should be automatically approved and have not heard from us, please call our office at (360) 396-3279 as soon as possible. You can also check Skyward Family Access. If you have been approved, you can view/print your approval letter from there.

If your application was denied, you will be sent a letter letting you know the reasons why and your options for re-applying.

Step 4: Re-apply Each School Year

A new application must be submitted each year (It cannot be submitted on last year's form).

Your child’s status from the prior year will roll over to the next school year for the first 30 school days or until a new application is received and eligibility has been updated.

If we have not approved a new application by this time, your student will pay the full cost for their meals until a new application is approved. All charges accrued between when the old one expires and the new one is approved are the parent and/or guardian's responsibility to pay back.

You are responsible for all charges until your application is approved.

**If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (360) 396-3279.

Once you have been approved, in order to receive the free/reduced rate, your student must choose a complete meal. That means 3 out of the 4 four food items in the appropriate amounts at breakfast and 3 out of the 5 food components in the appropriate amounts at lunch. Students must take at least 1/2 cup of fruit and/or vegetables.

Anything else will be considered ala carte, and your student will be charged accordingly.

Consent to Share Eligibility

Your child(ren) may qualify for other school benefits or other state or federally-funded school benefits. Providing a copy of your "Notice of Eligibility" to the school office will verify eligibility for certain programs that your child(ren) may qualify for.

The "Notice of Eligibility" is your approval letter that was either mailed or e-mailed to you. It is also available for you to print off from Skyward Family Access.

This includes fee waivers for sports and other programs that may be offered by a school.

You also have the option to fill out and submit a "Consent to Share" form.