Direct Certification is the matching of our student data with the Food Stamp office data and automatically qualifying those students for free school meals. Once Direct Certification is done, a letter will be sent home, explaining the meal benefits. If you receive such a letter, your student qualifies for the entire school year. Even if you qualify through Direct Certification, families should fill out the application so the schools’ food service system can connect each family member. Sometimes incoming Kindergartners will get left off.
All students who do not qualify for Direct Certification, should fill out a meal application either online or by using a printed form that can be turned in to any school or to the Administration Offices.