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Free & Reduced Meal Application & Information


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Meals are free for all students through June 30, 2022. No paperwork is required to participate in the meal programs this year.

However, Meal applications provide more than free meals. Qualifying meal applications can be used to allow discounts on college application fees, athletics, and academic tests. The district also receives funding based on the number of approved meal applications each year. A new meal application must be submitted each year.

Vernon Public Schools send meal applications home at the beginning of each school year. However, you may apply for school meals any time during the school year by submitting an application directly to Food & Nutrition Services. If you’re earning at or below current Income Eligibility Guidelines, you are encouraged to to fill out a school meal application (below). Applications are reviewed by district officials before granting free or reduced-price benefits. If you receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, all of your children who attend school automatically qualify for free school meals. Participation in other federal assistance programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) also provides automatic eligibility. Please contact the Food & Nutrition Department to determine if you need to fill out an application.

All information is confidential and will not be shared outside of the Food & Nutrition Department. We encourage you to fill out the Sharing Information with Other Programs so that meal benefit information can be shared to receive benefits in other areas.

Questions? Contact Food & Nutrition Services at 860-896-4682 or rdickinson@vernon-ct.gov.

Fast Facts

  • Please send completed meal applications to Food & Nutrition Services at 30 Park Street, Vernon, CT 06066.
  • Use one application for all students in your household.
  • If you have received a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION for free or reduced-price meals, do not complete a meal application unless directed to do so by the district.
  • If you qualified for free or reduced-price meals last year, you must reapply again for the upcoming school year.
  • The 30-day carry over period allows meal benefits from last school year to be honored 30 days into the new school year. Please submit a new application before the 30-day carry over period expires. 



Nondiscrimination Statement
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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442;
  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.