Free/Reduced Information

If you are earning at or below current Income Eligibility Guidelines, we encourage you to contact your school to fill out a school meal application.  The Food Service Department will process your application and issue an eligibility determination based on the state guidelines.

What you should know....
  • The grace period for FY20 Eligibility ends October 16, 2020.  Please send in your FY21 application BEFORE that date!
  • Applications must be completely filled out.  Applications not completely filled out will cause a delay in the eligibility determination.  Parents are responsible for meal charges until notification of benefits is received.
  • If you are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, your child automatically qualifies for free school meals.  Please contact your school to determine if you need to fill out an application.
  • You may be asked to give written proof of eligibility.
  • You may apply at anytime during the school year.
  • Eligibility letters received by parents must be kept for reference.
  • Students attending Hudson Public Schools the previous year who were eligible for free or reduced meals at the end of the school year will continue to receive benefits for the first 30 days of the new school year.  A new form must be filled out each school year to continue to receive benefits for the remainder of the school year.
  • Applications may be dropped off at your child's school or to the attention of Food Services in the Administration Building at 155 Apsley Street.
The federal free lunch program only includes a full breakfast and a full lunch meal.  It does not include extra drinks (milk, juice, water) or a la carte items and snacks.  If your child brings a lunch from home and is not getting the free or reduced meal, they are required to pay for their drink.