Free & Reduced-Price Meals


District 401 students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Eligibility thresholds are determined each year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture based on household size and income level.

Applications for 2018-19 free and reduced-price meals can be submitted beginning Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018. Please do not submit your application before that date!
 


At the beginning of each school year, District 401 shall notify by letter all students and their parents/guardians of:

► Eligibility requirements for free and reduced-price food service

► The application process

► The name and telephone number of a contact person for the program

► Other information required by federal law

Parents/guardians enrolling a child in the District for the first time shall receive the eligibility information regardless of when during the school year the enrollment takes place.


 


Not sure if your family is eligible for free or reduced-priced meals? These tables show the income eligibility guidelines for the 2018-19 school year:

FREE MEALS

Household
Size

Annual Income

Monthly Income

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly Income

1

15,678

1,307

654

603

302

2

21,112

1,760

880

812

406

3

26,546

2,213

1,107

1,021

511

4

31,980

2,665

1,333

1,230

615

5

37,414

3,118

1,559

1,439

720

6

42,848

3,571

1,786

1,648

824

7

48,282

4,024

2,012

1,857

929

8

53,716

4,477

2,239

2,066

1,033

For each additional
family
member, add



 

5,434



 

453



 

227



 

209



 

105

REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

Household
Size

Annual Income

Monthly Income

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly Income

1

22,311

1,860

930

859

430

2

30,044

2,504

1,252

1,156

578

3

37,777

3,149

1,575

1,453

727

4

45,510

3,793

1,897

1,751

876

5

53,243

4,437

2,219

2,048

1,024

6

60,976

5,082

2,541

2,346

1,173

7

68,709

5,726

2,863

2,643

1,322

8

76,442

6,371

3,186

2,941

1,471

For each additional
family
member, add



 

7,733



 

645



 

323



 

298



 

149


 


To apply for free or reduced-price meals, click here for the online application or contact Ms. Melissa Rodde-Morgese in the District 401 office. She can be reached by email at this address, or by phone at 708-452-5844.

Please do not submit your applications before Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018!

Families may apply at any time during the school year after Aug. 1. There are no restrictions based on immigration status.


 


Please send your students with a bag lunch or money to purchase lunch at school until you are notified of your free/reduced status.

If you qualified for free or reduced-price meals last school year, you can continue on the program for the first two weeks of school.


 


Each school's procedures in this area are governed by District 401's policy on free and reduced-price food services, which can be found in Section 4:130 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual.