Free & Reduced Meals Program

Important 2022-2023 Notice

FREE School Meals for all students for a LIMITED TIME.

Glastonbury Public Schools Food Services has received transition funds from the State that will allow us to begin the year by offering school lunch (and breakfast where available) to all students at no charge. These limited funds are likely to allow us to offer meals at no cost to ALL students through October or mid-November. We will let you know when funding for these free meals is exhausted and we return to paid meals.

FREE and Reduced Meals for Qualifying Families for the entire school year.

Those who qualify and who have registered will receive free and reduced meals for the entire school year. Households that may qualify for free or reduced meals should submit a free and reduced meal application as soon as possible to determine a student's eligibility for the remainder of the school year. Households that do not submit an application or whose child is not directly certified will automatically default to full pay when the transition funds are exhausted.

The free and reduced meals data is also used for possible eligibility for benefits, funding, and grants for many programs, Also, if you feel you may qualify for SNAP or HUSKY Medicaid benefits that will also qualify your child for free or reduced meal benefits. Please complete the application on this page as soon as possible.

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Free and Reduced Meals at Glastonbury Schools

To see if your family qualifies to receive free or reduced fee school lunches, please refer to the Eligibility Information document linked to the right.

If you do not have access to a computer, please request a hard copy application from your school office or the food services department. The application is linked to the right as well.

Please contact the Food Service Department at 860-652-7949 if you need more information. Thank you.

Free and Reduced Meal Program Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get free or reduced price school meals for my child?

A: If your total household income is the same or below the amount on the Reduced Price Income Chart, your child may get either free meals or reduced price meals. You must complete the free and reduced price school meal application in hard copy, OR, if you receive SNAP benefits or Temporary Family Assistance (TFA), the Department of Social Services will notify the school district electronically with this information. If your child does receive one of theses State assistance programs and is not currently receiving free meals, please contact our food service department directly.

Q: If I was receiving Free and Reduced meals last year will I automatically continue with the same status the following school year?

A: No, a new application is required for each school year. If you were receiving free or reduced meals last year that status will carry over for 30 days of the new school year. If after 30 days a new application was not submitted the student(s) will revert back to paid status until the application is received and processed.

Q: Do I need to fill out an application for each child in my household?

A: No. You may complete one application for all the children in your household. Be sure to list all current students in the student information section of the form. Students listed in this section do not to be noted again in the household portion of the form.

Q: What income needs to be reported?

A:The income of all person(s) living in the home of the students needs to be listed. This would include any monies coming into the home in the form of wages, unemployment, pension, child support, etc.

Q: What food items are covered by the free and reduced meal program?

A: Reimbursable meals are the only food items covered by the free and reduced meal program. A reimbursable meal is composed of at least 3 of the following 5 food groups: Milk, Protein, Starch, Vegetable and Fruit. The child needs to include three of these items on each meal tray in order for his/her meal to be considered a reimbursable meal therefore making it acceptable for the free/reduced program. The free and reduced program does not cover a la carte items such as snacks, juice, etc.