Free & Reduced Meals

Dear GPS Families:

Children need healthy meals to learn. Grafton Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast and lunch are free this 2021-2022 school year. Other programs, such as Title I, rely on area income eligibility. If your household income is below the numbers in the chart below, please complete the application and return it to the school. To be considered for any other income-based programs the district may offer, please fill out the "Release of Information" form as well.

  1. Do I need to fill out an application for each student? No. Complete the application to apply for free or reduced-price meals. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to any school office at 1548 School Rd, Grafton, ND 58237, or online at https://www.schoolcafe.com/.

  2. Who can get free meals? All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) can get free meals regardless of income. Also, your student can get free or reduced-price meals if your household income is within the limits on the Federal Income Chart.

  3. Can foster children get free meals? Yes, foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income.

  4. Can homeless, runaway, and migrant children get free meals? If you haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call the school at 701-352-1930 to see if they qualify.

  5. Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are approved for free meals? Please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions.

  6. My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one? Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.

  7. I get WIC. Can my child(ren) get free meals? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Please fill out an application.

  8. Will the information I give be checked? Yes, we may also ask you to send written proof of income.

  9. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start receiving SNAP, TANF or FDPIR. If you lose your job, your children may be able to get free or reduced-price meals during the time you are unemployed.

  10. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to Darren Albrecht, 1548 School Rd, Grafton, ND 58237 or at 701-352-1930.

  11. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes, you or your student(s) do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

  12. Whom should I include as members of my household? You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends). You must include yourself and all children living with you.

  13. What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1,000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1,000/month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes.

  14. We are in the military. Do we include our housing allowance as income? If you receive an off-base housing allowance, it must be included as income.

  15. My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. Is their combat pay counted as income? No, if the combat pay is received in addition to basic pay because of her deployment and it wasn’t received before deployment, combat pay is not counted as income. Contact your school for more information.