Parents » Free / Reduced Lunch Application

Free / Reduced Lunch Application

Online Free/Reduced-priced Meals Applications are now being accepted for the 2021-2022 school year starting August 2021.

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

Forest Ridge School District 142 participates in the National School Lunch and 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 in mid-July, 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 2021-2022 school year, you SHOULD 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. 


2021-2022 School Year Information

Forest Ridge School District 142 will be participating in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for all students enrolled in District 142 schools.
ALL children in grades Kindergarten through 8th, that are enrolled in our schools, are eligible to receive a FREE breakfast and lunch every day they are in attendance at no cost to the family for the entire 2021-2022 school year. Each meal is served with a milk.
For details on breakfast and lunch options, visit the Sodexo menu on our website.
The menu will be updated in August as the start of school nears.
An additional milk can be purchased separately for $0.50 cents. Your child must have funds on their MealTime account to purchase this additional milk.
HILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL - Your child will be able to purchase a la carte items with lunches at Hille Middle School only. Any a la carte items are not included in the free meal. If your child wishes to purchase any a la carte items, please make sure you have funds on your child's MealTime account.
If you qualify for free/reduced meals either through Direct Certification or a Free/Reduced Meal Application, your registration fee is adjusted. Families that qualify for free meals, your registration fee is waived. Families that qualify for reduced meals, your registration fee is decreased by ( ½ ) one-half.

Families are expected to pay the Activity Fee and Digital Learning Fee for each student, the Hille School Band and/or Chorus Class fees, as well as the Hille School gym uniform and lock fees, if applicable.

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.