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Use of Information Statement

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced-price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

Meal Application



CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE  Haga clic aquí para llenar una solicitud


Dear Parent(s) or Guardian,

Welcome to the Omaha Public Schools! 

Our school breakfast and lunch program is an integral part of the school day. Proper nutrition plays an important role in the success of your student. Our complimentary breakfast program helps students focus on daily challenges. Participating in the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs allows the District to offer free or reduced-price meals to eligible students. Elementary School lunches are $1.45 and Secondary School lunches are $1.75. The price for a reduced lunch is $.40 in all Omaha Public Schools. Prepayment envelopes for Elementary students are available from their school office.  

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP): Omaha Public Schools participates in an option available to students attending Druid Hill, Franklin, Kennedy, King Elementary, Lothrop, and Saratoga as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast program. Students enrolled at the above schools are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE to your household each day regardless of income. No further action is required of you.

Additionally, if you have child(ren) who do NOT attend the schools listed above, you will need to submit a free and reduced-price meal application on their behalf for the 2016-17 school year.

Quality of Lunches: All meals served must meet standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  However, if a child has been determined by a doctor to be disabled and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal, the school will make any substitution prescribed by the doctor.  If a substitution is needed there will be no extra charge for the meal.  If you believe your child needs substitutions because of a disability, please call Nutrition Services, 531-299-0230.


Complete our online application or to obtain a paper application you may call your child’s school or call Nutrition Services at 531-299-9437. For the online application. Please read all of the instructions below. We cannot approve an incomplete application, so be sure to fill out all required information.   

All 2016-17 meal applications expire on the following dates:

Wilson Focus school expiration date is September 8, 2016.

Hale school expiration date is September 27, 2016.

* Kennedy school expiration date is September 29, 2016

Secondary schools expiration date is September 29, 2016.

Elementary schools expiration date is September 30, 2016.

If you have students in multiple schools, follow the earliest date. 


Students without an approved 2016- 2017 application

will be expected to pay full price for their meals.


Instructions for Applying Online


Haga clic aquí para llenar una solicitud


 How to Register




Steps to complete your application for Free and Reduced Meals





For assistance completing this form contact: Diane Crary at 531-299-9442 or email


Frequently Asked Questions:

1.  Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

No.  Complete one Free and Reduced Meal Application for all students in your household and return to your youngest child’s school or complete an online application.

2.  Should I fill out an application if I receive a letter this school year saying my children are already approved for free meals?

No, but please read the letter you received carefully and follow the instructions.  If any children, in your household, were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Nutrition Services, 531-299-9442, immediately.


3.  Can homeless, runaway and migrant children get free meals?

Yes, please call 531-299-9442 if you have not been informed they will get free meals.

4.  May we apply if we are not US Citizens? 

You or your children do not have to be US Citizens to qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

5.  Will the information I give be checked or verified?

Yes, we may ask you to send written proof of the information you give.

6.  How will I be notified of the results of my application?

Upon making application for free or reduced-price meals, the determining official will notify you by a letter sent to your child’s school, of the “Approval” or “Denial”.  If you do not agree with the decision, you may discuss it with the determining official.  If you wish to review the decision further, you have the right to a fair hearing.  This can be done by writing or calling:  Nutrition Services Director, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, Nebraska 68131-2024, or call 531-299-0230.

  7.  May I reapply if my income changes?

You may apply for meal benefits any time during the school year, if your household size goes up; income goes down, or if you start receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), or FDPIR (Food Distribution on Indian Reservations).  If you lose your job, your children may be able to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. To find out how to apply for SNAP or other economic assistance benefits, please go online at or call 1-800-383-4278.

8.  What if some household members have no income to report?

Household members may not receive some types of income that we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all.  Whenever this happens, please record a 0 in the field.       

9.  My child’s application was approved last year for meal benefits.  Do I need to fill out another one?

Yes, your child’s application is good only for that school year and for the first few days of this school year.  You must send in a new application unless the school informed you that your child is eligible for the new school year. 

10.  What if my income is not always the same?

List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally earn $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you make $1000 per month.  If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

11.  We are in the military.  Do we report our income differently?

Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income.  If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, or receive Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments, it must also be included as income.  However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income.  Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.

12.  Who should I include as members of my household?

You must include yourself and all people living in your household, related or not (such as children, grandparents, other relatives or friends).

    Falsifying an application may result in loss of meal benefits and prosecution of adult signee.


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