Free & Reduced Meal Applications

  • Free and Reduced Application Forms






    Apply in three easy steps:

    1. Download the application.
    2. Fill it out.
    3. Bring it to the Dunton Administration Building (1200 S. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60005)
      OR bring it to your school
      OR email it to


    Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form". The forms can be obtained on this site and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.

    Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.

    Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

    Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.

    National School Lunch Program

    The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally funded meal program which provides both food and cash donations to subsidize the cost of school lunch in participating schools. The NSLP was established by President Harry Truman in 1946 (deletion). The program is managed at the federal level by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services, and at the state level by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

    In order to receive the benefits of the NSLP, participating schools must offer free or reduced-price meals to eligible children.

    Application Process Eligibility:

    • If you are currently receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits for your child(ren), your child(ren) can receive free meal services. 
    • A foster child(ren) may receive free- or reduced-price meal services regardless of household income.
    • If your total household income is the same or less than the amounts on the Income Guidelines below, your child(ren) can receive free- or reduced-price meal services.

    If you now receive food stamps or TANF for the child(ren) you are applying for, you will need:

    1. The child(ren)'s name(s), 
    2. A SNAP or TANF case number for each child (Link card number cannot be used).
    3. The signature of an adult household member.


    If you are applying for a foster child, the application must include:

    1. The child's name. 
    2. The child's "personal use" income. 
    3. The signature of an adult household member.


    All other households, must include the following information: 

    1. The child(ren)'s name(s). 
    2. The first and last name of each person living in your household, related or not. 
    3. The amount of gross income each person and how often it is received. (Gross income is the amount earned before taxes and other deductions.) The amount should be listed on a paystub from within 6 months of your application. If a person living in the household does not have any income (ex. a child), check the box indicating “No Income”. 
    4. The signature of an adult household member and his or her Social Security number, or mark the box if he or she does not have a Social Security number.


    Applications can also be picked up at any District 25 School and the Administrative Center.  Please return to:

                Coletta Hines-Newell, School District 25
                1200 S. Dunton Ave.
                Arlington Heights, IL 60005


    Please direct any questions regarding the application process to 
    Coletta Hines-Newell – 847-758-4904 

    Your eligibility may be checked by school officials at any time during the school year. School officials may ask you to submit papers showing that your child(ren) should receive free or reduced-price meal services.

    Fair Hearing:
    You may talk to school officials if you do not agree with the school's decision on your application or the results of verification. You also may ask for a fair hearing. You may do this by calling or writing:

    Dr. Lori Bein, Superintendent
    1200 S. Dunton
    Arlington Heights, IL  60005
    (847) 758-4870


    You may apply for free or reduced-price meal services any time during the school year if you are not eligible now but have a change such as:

    1. A decrease in household income,
    2. An increase in household size, 
    3. Become unemployed or receive SNAP or TANF benefits for your child(ren)


    Privacy Act Statement:
    The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced-price meals. You must include the social security number of the adult household member that signs the application. The social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Food Stamp Program or a TANF Program identifier for your child or when you indicate the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use this information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch program. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.