Free and Reduced Meals

Free and reduced price lunches are available to students who qualify and meet the eligibility guidelines. Students who qualified last school year are automatically qualified for the first 30 operating days of the school year. However, a new application must be completed for the upcoming school year within 30 operating school days for the child to continue on the program.

Applications are accepted any time during the school year. Parents who have any change in employment or income during any time of the year may apply for benefits. Foster children automatically qualify for free lunch one application is received and approved in the Food Service Office. Applications are available through Final Forms. Please see the Parent page of any building website for the link and directions to access Final Forms. 

Ross Local Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program. We also participate in a process called Direct Certification. This program provides the ability to directly certify enrolled students for free meals benefits in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The Direct Certification Process provides the school district with a list of students who reside with a food assistance program. These students are categorically certified to receive free meals. A letter will be sent to their household with notification of what students are eligible for direct benefits. Parents are allowed to decline the benefits by completing the form and then returning the letter to the school. If a sibling is not listed on the Direct Certification Notification Letter, the parents will then need to submit a free and reduced meal application for that child. 


Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals. For any questions regarding qualification, click the application links provided on this page. Also available in the application links is FAQ regarding the free and reduced meal program. 

Summer Meal Program

Summertime brings a break from school, but the need for good nutrition doesn't take a break. 

Free nutritious meals are available for children and teens 18 years old and younger at many locations throughout the nation through the summer while school is out. Find a summer meal program near you by selecting the Summer Meal Program in the Quick Links section of this page.

Good nutrition is essential for learning in school. Continuing healthy eating habits is also important during the summer months. Eating nutritious foods help ensure students retain their hard learned knowledge and help them to keep learning throughout the summer. For many children, summer vacation can bring tempting foods that are high in fat, sugar, and sodium. For others, summer exposes students to an increased risk of hunger and developmental decline. Make seasonal fruits and vegetables a high priority in the home. Summertime is a time to play but also a time to remember to eat healthily. Make sure good nutrition remains a priority all summer long, and students will return to school in the fall healthy, sharp and ready to learn.