Free/Reduced Meal Application - Information

Free/Reduced Meal Application - Information
Posted on 03/17/2022

Complete a Free and Reduced School Meal Application Today!


Waterford School Dining and Nutrition Services is proud to be able to continue offering free meals to all students thanks to a waiver granted by the USDA through June 2022.  However, a new round of applications for Free and Reduced Meals for the 2021-2022 School Year has just opened.

It is very important to complete an Application for Free & Reduced Meals for the following reasons:

  • School meal applications are good for more than just free meals.
  • A Free and Reduced Lunch application can be used to determine eligibility for:
    • Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to help purchase food, Holiday baskets
    • Discounted school fees, SAT/ACT or AP testing fee waiver
    • College Application fee waiver, scholarships, field trips/prom/cap & gown fee waiver
    • Discounted phone service, Free or reduced internet service
  • Schools receive important education funding and resources based on the number of free and reduced applications.

Even as our district continues to provide free meals to all students, we still ask families to please submit school meal applications. If you completed one prior to June 30, 2021, you will need to complete a new one for the 2021-22 school year. Only one application is needed per family.  If you have more than one child attending a school in our district, you only need to submit one application for all children and this application will be good until October 2022.

Applying for free school meals is fast, easy, and secure. Even if you think you may not qualify, we encourage families to submit an application. Online applications are available on our website at or you may pick up a paper copy in our Food Services office at Town Hall. To request a paper copy, please call Waterford School Dining and Nutrition Services at 860-444-5807 and we will be happy to assist you or answer any questions.

Please note that families also can submit a new application if something changes, such as a parent or other member’s job status, loss of job or reduced hours. Only one application per family is needed; however, families must fill out a new meal application each school year. Applications are completely confidential and can be completed by all families enrolled in our school district.

There are no immigration requirements to participate in the Free & Reduced Meal program. If one or more people in your household receives benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or if your child is classified as homeless, runaway, or migrant, then your child is categorically eligible for free school meals. You should receive notification from your child’s school that your child can receive free school meals. If you fall into one of these categories and have not been notified that your child is certified for free school meals, please contact Dianne Houlihan, Director of School Dining and Nutrition Services at 860-444-5862 or email [email protected].

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