Turn in Applications to:
Complete Application on Lunchapplication.com or turn into Food Service Office. Please email, fax 315-695-7080, mail or pop into the lockbox next to our door at 11 Oneida Street, Phoenix.
Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." The forms can be completed on lunchapplication.com or paper apps in the PCSD calendar or obtained and returned (completed) to the Food Service Office. You will be notified by mail or email of your child's status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.
Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.
Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.
Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.
Children need healthy meals to learn. Phoenix CSD offers healthy meals every school day. Due to the continuing pandemic, the Federal government has ensured that all enrolled student meals are free again this year for breakfast and lunch. We are hoping to have more choices & a la carte available this school year. For any items other than a complete meal (including milk only), money can be added to accounts on k12paymentcenter.com or payment can be made at the register. Checks may be written out to “Phoenix CSD Food Service Dept.” More info. will be posted in our What's New section as available.
Free/reduced meal applications are on lunchapplication.com, mailed home in the District calendar at the start of the school year or can be picked up from the Food Service Office or the main offices at each school building.
FAQs About Free/Reduced Meals:
Why should I apply if meals are already free this school year due to the pandemic?
- Meal Applications are extremely important to provide essential funding for our entire district (not only the Food Service Dept.).
- Your family may be entitled to additional benefits, if qualify:
- potentially qualify for P-EBT
- Receive discounted utilities and internet access
- Become eligible for SAT fee waivers
- Receive benefits regardless of citizenship status
Who can apply?
Anyone in the school district can apply. Eligibility is based on yearly gross income.
What are the benefits of applying?
Qualifying for free or reduced priced meals can help stretch your family's budget and also helps our school district because it makes a different the state and federal aid that we would be eligible to receive.
How many applications do I need?
Only one application per household is necessary.
Do need to re-apply every school year?
Yes, a new application must be completed at the start of each school year.
I have foster children in my household. Is the process to apply the same?
Please complete one application for each foster child in your household.
I received a Direct Certification Letter from the Department of Social Services. What do I need to do?
In order to qualify for next school year, mail the Food Service Office the Direct Certification letter as soon as you receive it (Food Service Department: 11 Oneida Street, Phoenix, NY 13135). The Food Service Department will need the information from that letter before your child can receive free meals.
I work seasonally. Am I qualified?
If you have a job that is seasonal (construction, plowing, self-employed, etc.) you may be qualified. Please complete an application either now, with your yearly gross income (from taxes), or complete an application when your hours become reduced.
When does the free or reduced meal price take effect?
Students receive free or reduced meals when the application has been approved. Parents and/or guardians are responsible for the cost of all purchases until the application is approved.