OLYMPIA — September 2, 2016 — Washington public schools play a
vital role in children’s health by providing free and reduced-price
meals to students in need. The following U.S. Department of Agriculture
nutrition programs are administered by the Office of Superintendent of
Public Instruction (OSPI): National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Special Milk Program.
The application process for participation in school meal programs is
simple and confidential. Application packets are sent to all households
with students at the beginning of the school year. Households with
income levels below certain thresholds (see the tables below) are
encouraged to apply for any or all of the programs listed above. The
application packet provides instructions and directions on where the
application should be sent.