What is a lunch application?

A lunch application is a federal application to determine whether a student qualifies for either a free or reduced benefit when participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).

 

Who is required to complete a lunch application?

All Newark Public School students (grades pre-K-12) are required to have a completed lunch application processed to receive benefits.

 

Who may fill out the application?

Only the parent, legal guardian, or the student if age 18 or older may complete the lunch application form. Information may not be obtained by the school over the phone. The parent, legal guardian, or of age student must be present and complete the application.

 

If I have more than one child in the school am I required to complete multiple applications?

No, only one application per household is required.

 

How is my eligibility determined?

A child's eligibility is determined based upon standards established by the federal government for income and household size and is tied to the national poverty rate.

 

What process does Newark use to complete a lunch application?

Newark Public Schools has an on-line process.

 

How do I sign up for the lunch program?

The application can be found by visiting this online application.