Online Free and Reduced Meal Applications

  • Apply Today to See if You Qualify!

    What does the Free and Reduced Price School Meals program offer you?

    The program offers free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch to those students who are eligible. Other benefits of being eligible include:

    • Fee waivers for College Entrance Exam (SAT)
    • Fee waivers for certain afterschool programs
    • Fee waivers for applications at many colleges and universities*
    • Your school may receive additional funding

    *To be considered for a fee waiver, a copy of the eligibility letter mailed to households must be presented.


    How do you qualify for benefits?

    The first step is to complete an application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals. Based on income, a family may qualify using several factors, including household income, number of persons living in the household and whether the family is currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services (formerly Foods Stamps), or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits.


    You have two options on how to submit a Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application.

    • Apply online for your children to receive free or reduced-price school meals. Your application will be sent from a secure website directly to Asheville City Schools, so you don’t need to worry about filling out a paper form that could be lost or misplaced. has been designed to make it easy for you to know exactly what information you need to provide and to guide you through the process. Once your application has been received the district office will determine your eligibility and send you a letter with the results. is an easy, secure and convenient way to apply for free or reduced meals.

      To apply, simply go to and Click Apply Now. 

    • If you prefer to fill out a paper copy, you can find it below or pick one up from your child's school front office. 

      English Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application

      Spanish Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application

      • How to Sumit Paper Application:
        • Turn in completed application to your students' school
        • Mail completed application to the School Nutrition office (90 Monford Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801)
        • Bring completed application in person to the School Nutrition office
        • We cannot accept faxed or digital applications


    • If you have already received a letter telling you that your child was preapproved for meal benefits you do not need to reapply. Please make sure all of the school-aged children living in your household are listed on the approval letter. If not please contact the School Nutrition Office @ 350-6110.

      If you need assistance completing an application contact the School Nutrition office at (828) 350-6110.


    • Income Eligibility Standards for Free and Reduced Price Meals 


    • Effective July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020