Free and Reduced Meals

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or  free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

Apply for meal benefits

Free and reduced meal applications must be completed each school year. Only one application per household is necessary.

** Apply for meal benefits online through Skyward Family Access.


**Print a paper application by clicking:  ENGLISH   or   SPANISH   or   RUSSIAN


We recommend submitting your application prior to the start of school to ensure continuation of coverage. If a new application is not submitted, you will be responsible for meal charges. When you are approved for benefits, Battle Ground Public Schools will send you a confirmation letter. If you have not received an approval letter for the current school year, you must complete an application to receive meal benefits.

If you have questions, please call the Free and Reduced Hotline at (360) 885-5390.

Free and Reduced Meal Benefits

Under federal guidelines, approval of meal benefits is limited to full meals. This means that if your child wants to purchase only a milk, they will be charged full price for the milk.

A Meal is

  • One entree
  • Fruit/Vegetables
  • One milk or juice

Benefits when approved for Free:

  • Breakfast: Free
  • Lunch: Free

Benefits when approved for Reduced:

  • Breakfast:  Free
  • Lunch K-3:  Free
  • Lunch 4-12:  $0.40


  • Free and Reduced Meal applications may be submitted at any time during the school year when financial or household changes occur.
  • Application status is not retroactive. Charges on a student’s account before approval are the parent or guardian’s responsibility.
  • Families may be qualified directly by the state under state programs.
    • If you are approved under these direct certifications, you will receive a confirmation letter from our district stating approval start date.
    • If you do not receive a direct certification approval letter from our district, you must fill out an application to be approved for any meal benefits this school year.
  • Approved applications are valid through September of the following school year to give families time to complete a new application.
  • Application information is confidential and is not transferable between school districts.


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