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Free / Reduced Lunch Application

Online Free/Reduced-priced Meals Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 School Year starting August 2020.

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications National School Lunch & Breakfast Programs

Forest Ridge School District 142 participates in the National School Lunch & Breakfast Programs.  Your children may qualify for free or reduced-priced meals.  To apply for free or reduced-priced meals, use the Meal Time Apply Online parent portal

Starting the last week of July, letters and/or emails directly certifying families that receive SNAP or TANF benefits are sent from the District Office notifying you that your students have been directly certified to receive free
meals for the 2020-2021 School Year, you DO NOT complete an application.)

For those parents who do not have access to a computer, or those who prefer not to use the online system, paper applications (available in English and Spanish) are available to download below, or ask for one at any of the school offices or at the District office.

Only one application per household, per school district is needed. 

Students approved for free or reduced-price meals are eligible for one breakfast meal AND one lunch meal daily.  Each meal includes milk.  (Purchases of milk only, or an additional milk, are charged at the item price, regardless of a student’s eligibility status!)


To access the Meal Time Online portal, go to This portal is for both Pay Online and Apply Online.

Click the Free and Reduced Applications icon.  (You will need the student ID number to complete the application. The student number can be found in the Power School Parent Portal or call your child’s school office.)

If you do not already have an account set up, you must set up an account first to access the system.  (You will need the student ID number for each student enrolled in District 142 schools to set up your account and also to complete the free lunch application. The student number can be found in the Power School Parent Portal or call your child’s school office.)

We highly encourage parents to use the Online Application (available in English and Spanish) for faster processing and to reduce paper overload.

Your online application will be processed by Forest Ridge District Office personnel, and you will receive your approval/denial letter by US mail.