Free and Reduced Meal Program

Dinwiddie County Public Schools participate in the National School Lunch Program. This program provides assistance to those families/students meeting certain financial criteria.  Every year a confidential application for “Free and Reduced Meals” will be made available at all Dinwiddie County Public Schools, on the DCPS Website, or by calling 804-469-3581.  A new application must be filled out each year (unless the student is direct certified).  If the previous years application is left to expire, then the status of all students on that application returns to pay. Only one application per household is needed, with the exception of foster children and children in group homes. These situations require one per student. An application cannot be processed if it is:

1-Incomplete
2-Missing a Signature
3-Not a current school year application

Approval is done by federal guidelines based on household income and size. If you get SNAP (Food Stamps) or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), your children will be eligible for free meals.  Federal regulations require that you must fill out an application to receive these benefits.  This benefit is not automatic, nor retroactive, and only becomes effective on the date of approval by this office.  Approval of lunch applications will be handled at the Central School Board office by the office of School Nutrition Services.  Federal regulations allow ten working days, upon receipt in this office, to process an application. The eligibility of the students on an application is for both breakfast and lunch meals.  If the eligibility is “Reduced”, then the student(s) must pay .30 cents for breakfast and .40 cents for lunch “meals” ($3.50 per week). If the student is eligible for “Free”, then there is no charge for breakfast or lunch “meals”.

As explained on the Dinwiddie County Schools Nutrition Services Department page, all students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to memorize their PIN number for use on the available PIN Pad in their cafeteria. All screens are designed to protect the privacy of students receiving free or reduced meals.

To download a copy of the application, please see the following:

17-18 Letter to Households
17-18 Free and Reduced Household Meal Application

17-18 Letter to Household (Spanish)
17-18 Free and Reduced Household Meal Application (Spanish)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your cafeteria manager or myself, Carey Athey, Director of School Nutrition Services, 804-469-3581.

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