Child Nutrition Eligibility Guide

FREE ELIGIBILITY REDUCED ELIGIBILITY 
Direct Certification Categorical Eligibility Free Application Reduced Application

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Automated Data Matching Method

Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF)

  • Indicated Case Number on the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application
Free and Reduced price meal applicant approved to receive free school meals/milk determined by the income indicated on the application was at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. Free and Reduced price meal applicant approved to receive reduced price school meals determined by the income indicated on the application was between 130 and at or below 185 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

  • Automated Data Matching Method

Food Distribution Program On Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

  • Indicated Case Number on the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application

Medicaid recipients at or below 133 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines, determined by the Medicaid Program

  • Automated Data Matching Method

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Re-certification Letter, or indicated Case Number on the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application
* Data Matching Systems indicate the corresponding Assistance Program

Homeless

  • List obtained from the McKinney Vento liaison (visit www.nysteachs.org for a list of homeless liaisons) 
EXTENSION OF CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY means that all children in a household with at least one child or household member who receives benefits from an Assistance Program are categorically eligible for free meals. Any one child’s or household member’s receipt of benefits from an Assistance Program extends free school meal eligibility to all children who are members of the household.

Runaway

  • List obtained from the runaway provider

Migrant

  • List obtained from the migrant coordinator

Foster

  • List obtained from the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) or indicated on the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application

Head Start and Even Start

  • Enrollment records