Meal Assistance Programs

  • Should my family use the Educational Benefits Form or the Meal Assistance ApplicationPlease read carefully to make sure you submit the correct one! Find your school in the lists below, along with full details about each option. Still not sure? Please call (859) 381-3838.

  • Community Eligibility Provision

    What is CEP?

    CEP allows school districts in high-poverty areas to provide meals at no cost to students in schools that qualify. More than half of FCPS schools do qualify for CEP, which means all students at these schools receive meals at no cost. CEP locations for the 2018-19 school year:

    • Elementary: Arlington, Booker T. Washington, Breckinridge, Cardinal Valley, Coventry Oak, Deep Springs, Dixie, Harrison, James Lane Allen, Julius Marks, Lansdowne, Mary Todd, Meadowthorpe, Millcreek, Northern, Picadome, 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, Frederick Douglass, and Tates Creek
    • Other programs: Carter G. Woodson Academy, Family Care Center, Fayette County Preschool Center, Audrey Grevious Center (formerly Lexington Day Treatment), Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, Success Academy, The Learning Center, and The Stables 

    Families in these qualifying schools no longer need to complete a free or reduced-price meal application; however, FCPS does ask them to complete an Educational Benefits Form (EBF) to provide the school district with information for other income-based funding and grants. Families must turn in a new EBF each school year.

    ATTENTION households with students attending a non-CEP school: Do NOT fill out this form. The non-CEP student will not get a meal benefit status from this application. Please submit the “Meal Assistance Application” instead and include all student and household information.

    Educational Benefits Form

    EBF link

    How are CEP schools selected?

    Schools are chosen based on the percentage of directly certified (DC) students.

    What is a DC student?

    Students may be directly certified when they receive certain federal benefits, including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP). Students whom FCPS identifies as homeless, Head Start, migrant, or runaways are also considered DC. Some foster children and some students receiving Medicaid might also be DC.

    Additional FAQ 


  • If you child does not attend a CEP school:

    Students who do not attend a CEP school might qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If your student was not already directly certified through SNAP, K-TAP, or other DC benefits, then you should submit a Meal Assistance Application to determine if your household is eligible for meal benefits. Households must complete a new application each school year. Non-CEP locations for 2018-19:

    • Elementary: Ashland, Athens-Chilesburg, Cassidy, Clays Mill, Garden Springs, Garrett Morgan, Glendover, Liberty, Maxwell, Rosa Parks, Sandersville, Stonewall, Veterans Park, and Wellington
    • Middle: Beaumont, Edythe J. Hayes, Jessie Clark, and Morton
    • High: Henry Clay, Lafayette, and Paul Laurence Dunbar
    • Other programs: Opportunity Middle College, SCAPA at Bluegrass, STEAM Academy, and Success Academy

    Meal Assistance Application

    meal assistance app link

  • Contact

    Jessica Whisman, Child Nutrition program assistant and FRAM coordinator

    Phone: (859) 381-3838

    Note: Online applications are easier and more confidential, and they produce faster results. They are also available in several languages. But if you prefer, you can request a paper copy at your child’s school or stop by our offices for help at 400 Springhill Drive, Room 201.

    Archive records: 
    Free-and-reduced monthly reports