Free & Reduced Program

Written By: fpc Date posted: 07/09/2018

Free & Reduced Price Meal Program



Students can receive free or reduced price meals (this does not include A la Carte items) if their family’s gross household income is at or below the federal income guidelines shown below. Most foster children, and those receiving Food Assistance (FA), Temporary Assistance to Families (TAF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. Children in households participating in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program MAY also be eligible.



Olathe Public Schools offers an online option for completing an application for meal benefits. It is simple, fast and free! Once the online application is completed, The Food Services office will receive it, finalize the determination of benefits and mail a letter to notify the household. The online approval process eliminates several steps, making it the fastest way to apply.




Paper Applications

To request a paper application, contact the Food Services Department at (913) 780-7005, visit us at 14140 S. Black Bob Road. Olathe, KS 66062, pick one up at your student’s school OR print a copy from one of the links below. Our office is not responsible for paper applications that are lost/delayed in the U.S. or school mail. Completing the on-line application is highly recommended.





2018-19 Child Nutrition Application      2018-19 Aplicación para Comidas Escolares
 Consent for Disclosure                     Consentimiento


~If you are in need of an application in another language, please click here to take you to the language preferred.


Annual Parent Letters & Application

A new application is required every school year. Only ONE application is needed per household. Please allow up to two weeks for processing, once the Food Services office has received the application. A letter will be mailed to the home address on file letting you know if the household qualifies for free or reduced-priced meals. It is important to make sure the schools have the correct home address. If you need to make changes to your address, please contact the school where the child attends.

Applications must have an original signature; therefore, we do not accept copied, e-mailed, or faxed applications. Applications are approved in the order received at the Food Services office.


If a child was receiving free or reduced-priced meals at the end of the last school year, their benefits will continue for the first 30 school days; This allows parents enough time to submit a new application for review without the child losing benefits. It is strongly recommended that the new application be submitted as soon as possible to allow ample time for processing. Unless the previous year’s benefits are carrying over during the first 30 school days, you will be required to pay full price for meals until the processing and determination of meal benefits has been completed.



Figuring Income



Income Eligibility Guidelines








What is a Reimbursable Meal?      ¿Qué es una comida reembolsable?


Meals & Autopay

Pay for meals, view cafeteria purchases, receive low balance alerts, or enroll in autopay.

The identity of the students who receive free or reduced price meals is confidential. All students are treated the same, regardless of ability to pay. In the operation of the school breakfast and lunch programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, ***“>***, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.



This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



Andrea Hernandez
Child Nutrition Program Assistant
14140 Black Bob Rd
Olathe, KS 66062




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