You may complete a 2016-17 application for Free & Reduced Price Meals online which will be available mid-August; this allows us to process your application faster and provide meals sooner. Online submission ensures confidentiality and eliminates the chance of lost applications. Free & Reduced Price Meals paper applications are also distributed to each student with their back-to-school packet on the first day of school. There is never a cut-off for applying; meal applications are accepted throughout the school year. Applications in other languages are available through the Virginia State Department of Education.
Click here to apply online
(English & Spanish versions only)
Please complete the application using only one method: 1) Online application OR 2) Paper application.
A new application must be filled out every year (unless the student is directly certified by Social Services). Only applications for the 2016-17 school year will be accepted. Upon receipt, processing can take up to 10 days.
Only one application per household is necessary, which is good for the entire school year. The one EXCEPTION is Children in Group Homes – State regulations require that the Group Home Representative submit a separate application for each child in the group home.
Remember, an application cannot be processed if:
- Incomplete information
- Missing a signature
- Not a current school year application form
- It is a black & white copy (Only COLOR copies are accepted by system)
- It is faxed (system CANNOT accept faxed copies)
Application approval is determined by GROSS INCOME RECEIVED:
- EVERY 2 WEEKS (BI-WEEKLY)
- TWICE A MONTH (SEMI-MONTHLY)
Remember, the total income before taxes, social security, health benefits, union dues, or other deductions must be reported.
Applications determined by factors other than income: SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) must include the seven-digit case number in order for a SNAP or TANF application to be processed.
The reduced price for meals is 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast. Once approved for meal benefits, your child is eligible for one (1) breakfast and one (1) lunch each full school day. A second breakfast/lunch meal and Ala Carte items are not included in the free or reduced price meal benefits. If these items are desired, your child will be charged full price.
Eligibility for meal benefits is determined by federal guidelines. The USDA changes these guidelines annually. If you receive SNAP (food stamps) or TANF, your child will be eligible for free meals. PLEASE REMEMBER- Federal regulations require a new application be filled out each school year along with the SNAP or TANF case number.
For additional instructions or questions on completing a confidential application for “Free and Reduced Price Meals”, please call School Nutrition Services weekdays between: 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at 226-5544.
Henrico County Public Schools provides breakfast and lunch options to all students. All meals are required by federal and state regulations to meet specific nutritional requirements. The meals that are provided must contain no more than 30% of the calories from fat, 10% from saturated fat, 0% from trans-fat, and must meet requirements for calories, protein, grains, vegetables, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium.
Menus are available to students, parents and faculty members by visiting henrico.nutrislice.com or by downloading our app “School Lunch by Nutrislice”. This app brings many features to the table such as readily accessible ingredients, nutritionals (including carb counts), and the ability to filter foods based on allergens.
To download the app, please visit the appropriate app store or click the link below:
STUDENT MEAL ACCOUNT NUMBER – Henrico School Nutrition Services uses a computerized cash register system in all school cafeterias. All students are issued a permanent and unique (5-digit) student meal account number. This meal account number is used for the duration of the student’s academic career.
PAYMENTS – Parents are encouraged to pay for student meals in advance. Advance payment allows the cafeteria to provide the most efficient service to all customers and minimizes the chances of students losing their lunch money.
MYSCHOOLBUCKS – Student meals may be prepaid using our online program, MySchoolBucks.com. This program allows parents to pay and replenish their student’s account using a personal credit or debit card from home via a secure internet site. Any remaining funds at the end of the school year are carried over to the next school year. This company charges a small handling fee for each prepayment. Please call their Customer Service at 1-800-479-3531 for further information.
CHECK WRITING POLICY – School Nutrition Services will accept checks for the amount of purchase or for the prepayment of meals. Checks must be made payable to the school’s cafeteria. Only personal checks with preprinted name and address will be accepted.
STUDENTS WITHOUT MEAL MONEY – Any student who has forgotten or lost their lunch money may charge up to $5.40 (price of two lunches), and no a la carte items will be allowed. The amount owed is immediately due the following day. Students with an unpaid negative balance will not be eligible to charge again until their account is re-paid. The charge feature is discontinued two weeks before last day of school.
NEGATIVE BALANCE ALERT – School Nutrition Services provides a courtesy email or voice mail reminder every Sunday to parents regarding any meal account with a negative balance. You may also check student’s balance free of charge through MySchoolBucks.com.
RETURNED CHECKS POLICY – If your bank returns a check, only cash will be accepted at the serving line. The returned check amount must be repaid to School Nutrition Services office by cash or money order. Please note that there will be an additional $50 service charge applied at the time of repayment.
Click here for Allergens & Carbohydrate Counts
If your child has a disability, as defined under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ASA of 1990, federal regulations require a parent or guardian to obtain a physician’s statement that identifies the following:
- Your child’s disability and an explanation of why the disability restricts the child’s diet
- The major life activity affected by the disability
- The food or foods to be omitted from the child’s diet and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted.
Food allergies and intolerances are considered a disability only if a life-threatening (anaphylactic) reaction occurs from ingesting the food item. Special requests for a child who does not have a disability, but does have a special dietary need, must be verified by a licensed medical authority (physician or nurse practitioner).
Please click HERE for Physician’s Statement Form: Eating & Feeding Evaluation for Children with Special Needs
A decision on how to accommodate the special request will be made on a case-by-case basis. Food substitutions may be limited due to availability of items. Menu information is available via Nutrislice.
Non Discrimination Agreement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Revised June 2016
Student Full Price: $2.70
Student Reduced Price: $ .40
Student Full Price: $ 1.50
Student Reduced Price: $ .30
Peggy K. Gordon, Director