Meal assistance programs
Free and reduced eligibility
Fayette County Public Schools participates in the state's direct certification program, in which agencies provide lists of students pre-qualified to receive free or reduced-price meals. Households who are notified that their students have been directly certified do not need to complete an application. But if your household receives SNAP or KTAP benefits and you do not receive a qualification letter from the district's Child Nutrition office by the first day of school, please complete the appropriate application* and list your case number.
Archives: Free-and-reduced monthly reports
Free meals for all students at CEP schools
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows local school officials the option to provide free meals for every student in schools where at least 40 percent of the students qualify under direct certification (DC). The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program reimburses Fayette County Public Schools for the cost at these sites.
CEP locations for the 2016-2017 school year:
- Elementary: Arlington, Breckinridge, Cardinal Valley, Deep Springs, Dixie, Glendover, Harrison, James Lane Allen, Julius Marks, Lansdowne, Mary Todd, Meadowthorpe, Millcreek, Northern, Russell Cave, Southern, Squires, Tates Creek, William Wells Brown, and Yates
- Middle: Bryan Station, Crawford, Leestown, Lexington Traditional Magnet, Southern, Tates Creek, and Winburn
- High: Bryan Station
- Other programs: Carter G. Woodson Academy, Family Care Center, Fayette County Preschool Center, Lexington Day Treatment, Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, The Learning Center, and The Stables
Families with children in these schools need to fill out an Educational Benefits Form (EBF) to determine eligibility for additional state and federal benefits. This form, which is available at the school's front office, replaces their free-and-reduced meal application.
If your child's school is not a CEP site …
Students can also qualify for free or reduced-priced meals if your household income falls at or below the federal limits. Households must complete a new application each school year to apply for benefits, and applications may be completed any time during the school year if a family’s income or household size changes.
English and Spanish applications are available at https://mealassistance.fcps.net/. Online applications are easier and more confidential, and they produce faster results. But if you prefer, you can request a paper copy at (859) 381-3838 or pick one up at your child’s school.
* So which form do I fill out? (Questions: 381-3838)
Educational Benefits Form (available at school's front office)
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