School Meal Benefits

  • Children need healthy meals to learn! Hillsborough County Student Nutrition Services offers healthy meals every school day. 

    During the school year 2021-2022, the USDA is allowing all students enrolled in and attending a Hillsborough County Public School to receive a FREE breakfast AND lunch at school. Parents are encouraged to fill out Free/Reduced meal application as students may be eligible for additional benefits with an approved application.

    Download Parent Letter: English | Spanish

    APPLY NOW

Below are some commonly asked questions with answers to help you with the application proc

  • 1. WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?

  • 2. CAN I APPLY ONLINE?

  • 3. IS THE ONLINE APPLICATION AVAILABLE IN MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE?

  • 4. WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE A COMPUTER TO COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION?

  • 5. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?

  • 6. SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?

  • 7. MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?

  • 8. WHERE CAN I VERIFY THE STATUS OF MY CHILD’S MEAL ELIGIBILITY?

  • 9. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY?

  • 10. I RECEIVE WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?

  • 11. WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?

  • 12. IF I DON’T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?

  • 13. WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?

  • 14. MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S.CITIZEN?

  • 15. WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?

  • 16. WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?

  • 17. WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?

  • 18. WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY?

  • 19. I’M A GROUP HOME ADMINISTRATOR. HOW DO I APPLY FOR CHILDREN IN MY CARE?

Other Questions?

  • If you have other questions or need help completing your household application for school meal benefits, contact the Healthy Meals Express Application Center at 813-840-7066.

    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

    fax: (202) 690-7442; or

    email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.