Free And Reduced Meals


How to Qualify

To qualify for free or reduced price meals for your child, you must complete an application and return to Fleet and Family Support (Japan) or your School Liaison Officer (Europe, Bahrain, and Guantanamo Bay). Be sure to complete the entire application. We are unable to approve incomplete applications.

If your total household income is the same or less than the amounts on the Income Eligibility Chart, your child is eligible to receive free meals. A foster child who is the legal responsibility of the courts is eligible to receive free meals regardless of your income. Children enrolled in Sure Start are considered a direct certification program and automatically qualify for free school meals.

If you applied for free and reduced meals last year and were approved in Japan, Europe, or Guam, your eligibility status will carry over until October 9, 2018. If you applied for free and reduced meals last year and were approved in Bahrain, your eligibility status will carry over until October 16, 2018.

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If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442, or email at

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