Free & Reduced-Price Meals


NOTE: Applications for free and reduced-price meals are now being accepted for the 2019-20 school year. Please consult the sections located below for more information.


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 2019-20 free and reduced-price meals can be submitted beginning Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. 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? The following tables show the income eligibility guidelines for the 2019-20 school year.


INCOME REQUIREMENTS FOR FREE MEALS

Household
Size

Annual
Income

Monthly
Income

Pay Twice
Per Month

Pay Every
Two Weeks

Weekly
Income

1

15,782

1,316

658

607

304

2

21,398

1,784

892

823

412

3

27,014

2,252

1,126

1,039

520

4

32,630

2,720

1,360

1,255

628

5

38,246

3,188

1,594

1,471

736

6

43,862

3,656

1,828

1,687

844

7

49,478

4,124

2,062

1,903

952

8

55,094

4,592

2,296

2,119

1,060

For each
additional
family
member,
add …

 

 

5,616

 

 

468

 

 

234

 

 

216

 

 

108

INCOME REQUIREMENTS FOR REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

Household
Size

Annual
Income

Monthly
Income

Pay Twice
Per Month

Pay 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 Mr. Imaad Dada in the District 401 office by email at this address, or by phone at 708-452-5844.

Please do not submit your applications before Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019!

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.