Students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on household size and income. They may also qualify if they are receiving Food Supplement Program (FSP) or Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA) benefits. Families may apply for meal benefits by completing an Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for the current school year.

Apply online NOW at (Translations available)

Federal eligibility guidelines change each school year; therefore a new application must be submitted each school year. All students in the family should be listed on one household application. A notice will be mailed home for each student if you are approved for meal benefits or do not qualify for meal benefits. Please keep this important document for your records and use throughout the school year. Families may apply for meal benefits at any time during the school year. 

Households that are unable to apply online should contact their school or the Division of Food and Nutrition Services at 301-284-4900.

Please click here to apply online. 

Household Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals 2020-21

Online Applications are available now for Free and Reduced Meals for the 2020-2021 school year. If you have any questions, please call 301-284-4900.

Meal benefit eligibility from last school year will remain current only through the first 30 scheduled school days OR until a 2020-2021 application is processed.

  • FOR FASTER PROCESSING APPLY ONLINE. Households who apply online should not submit a paper application.
  • Please complete paper applications in black ink (not pencil).
  • If you are NOT applying for meal benefits, discard the paper form.
  • If you ARE applying for free or reduced-price meals, first, last name and middle initial are required.
  • Please provide birth date, grade, and school to expedite processing.
  • Use ONE application (online OR paper) for ALL students in the household—including Pre-K, kindergarten, and foster—even if they attend different schools.
  • If any child you are applying for is homeless, migrant, or runaway, please call your child's school or contact the MCPS Homeless liaison at 240-740-4511.

Montgomery County Public Schools serve breakfast and lunch every school day. If your total household income is the same or less than the amounts on the Income Chart below, your child may qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

The following students may be eligible for free meals:

  • Students in households participating in Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC)

The following students qualify for free meals:

  • Foster children
  • Students certified as homeless or runaway
  • Students enrolled in the Migrant Education program
  • Students enrolled in the Head Start program
  • Students in households receiving Food Supplement Program (FSP) or Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)

Income Guidelines 2020-21

Household Size Annually Monthly Weekly
1 $23,606 1,968 454
2 $31,894 2,658 614
3 $40,182 3,349 773
4 $48,470 4,040 933
5 $56,758 4,730 1,092
6 $65,046 5,421 1,251
7 $73,334 6,112 1,411
8 $81,622 6,802 1,570
for each additional family member, add +$8,288 691 160