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The information gathered through school meal applications (SMAs) determines students’ eligibility for free, reduced price, or paid school meals. They also gather demographic information about school and neighborhood populations in order to determine Title I and SFSP eligibility.
Despite these benefits, many families never return their application to the school. When encouraging families to complete the application, keep these things in mind:
The Child Nutrition Outreach Program has several strategies to help maximize the number of applications completed and returned.