Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's
Students may be eligible to receive FREE school meals if they fall into one of the following categories:
Any student living in a household that receives one or more of the following benefits is automatically eligible for free school meals:
Parents should notify their child’s school that they receive these benefits to ensure that s/he receives free school meals. If one child in the household is eligible for free meals because s/he falls into one of these categories, then ALL siblings are also eligible.
These children are automatically eligible for free school meals. School nutrition directors should work with the district’s homeless education liaison to maintain an updated list of these students and ensure they are signed up to receive free meals.
Foster children are automatically eligible for free school meals.
Social workers may provide documentation of foster care status when enrolling a child in school, or foster parents may indicate their child’s foster care status on the school meal application.
New this year, foster children can be included on the family school meal application and do not require their own application.