Marcus J. Newsome, Ed.D., Superintendent




News Release

CONTACT Tim Bullis

Director, Community Relations


Aug. 9, 2010

For immediate release

How to apply for free or reduced-price school meals

Chesterfield County Public Schools provides nutritious breakfasts and lunches in every school. Based on household size and income, students in elementary schools, middle schools and Chesterfield Community High School may qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Schools will distribute applications for free or reduced-price meals to all households. Applications are also available online (go to and click on “Forms”), at every school office and at the Food and Nutrition Services Office, 7610 Whitepine Road. Children from households with these incomes are eligible for free or reduced-price meals:

household size

maximum household income for free meals

household income for reduced-price meals



$14,079.01 to $20,036



$18,941.01 to $26,955



$23,803.01 to $33,874



$28,665.01 to $40,793



$33,527.01 to $47,712



$38,389.01 to $54,631



$43,251.01 to $61,550



$48,113.01 to $68,469

for each additional family member, add



Students who qualify for reduced-price meals pay 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch; the full price of breakfast is $1.10 and the full price of lunch is $1.75. During the 2010-2011 school year, the reduced fee will be waived.

Only one completed, signed application per family is required. If a household is not eligible now for free or reduced-price meals but experiences a financial change during the year, then a parent or guardian should contact the school for an application.

Children in households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the food stamp program) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families may not have to complete an application for free or reduced-price meals. School officials will determine eligibility based on information from the Virginia Department of Social Services and will notify these households of their eligibility. If SNAP or TANF families are not notified automatically, they may fill out an application for free or reduced-price meals.

Other children who also may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals are homeless, migrant or runaway children; foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court, regardless of the income of the household in which they reside; and children in households participating in the Women, Infants and Children Program.

A formal appeal of the decision can be requested orally or in writing to David Myers, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance, P.O. Box 10, Chesterfield, VA 23832, phone 743-3717.

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