The Baltimore County Public Schools serve meals each school day, which may be purchased at the published school prices. For those who qualify, meals are also available free or at a reduced price. The reduced price is $.40 for lunch and $.30 for breakfast. All meals served meet nutrition standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Income Eligibility Chart
(Effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013)
|Household Size||Annual||Monthly||Twice Per Month||Every Two Weeks||Weekly|
|1||$20,665||$1,723||$ 862||$ 795||$ 398|
|For each additional member add||$ 7,326||$ 611||$ 306||$ 282||$ 141|
How To Apply
To apply for free or reduced price meals for your child(ren), you must complete a Household Meal Benefit Application for School Year 2012-2013 (MBA) and return it to your youngest child's school. The school office will forward all completed applications to the Office of Food and Nutrition Services (OFNS) for processing.
A Notification of Eligibility Determination letter will be mailed to your home address notifying you of the eligibility status of your child(ren).
The MBA has both a front and back page, both pages are required for processing. Because most households are unable to print a duplex (front and back) document, the MBA will only be available in hardcopy from the school office or by calling OFNS at 410-887-7860.
To view/download instructions for completing the MBA, as well as, a Parent/Guardian Question and Answer letter regarding the meal application process, click here.
Household MBAs are available in Spanish or Chinese. Please call OFNS at 410-887-7860 to obtain a copy.
Your child's(ren's) eligibility may be verified at any time during the school year. School officials may request you to send papers confirming that your child(ren) should receive free or reduced price meals.
You may call the OFNS at 410-887-7860, if you have questions about your child's(ren's) eligibility determination. If you do not agree with your child's(ren's) eligibility determination, you may appeal by writing to: Kara E. B. Calder, executive director, Division of Business Services, Department of Planning and Support Operations, Baltimore County Public Schools, 1940-G Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD 21093.
Duration of Eligibility
Your child's(ren's) eligibility is in effect from the date of eligibility for the current school year and for up to 30 operating days in the subsequent school year. However, this does not apply when the initial eligibility determination was incorrect or when verification of household eligibility does not support the level of benefits for which the household was approved.
School officials will use the information on the application to determine eligibility of your child(ren). Please be advised that the name and eligibility status of your child(ren) may be:
No other use of this information is permitted.
You may apply for free and reduced price meals at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a change such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, become unemployed, or receive FSP or TCA for your children, you may fill out an application at that time.
In accordance with federal law and USDA policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to: USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call toll free 866-632-9992. Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The Maryland State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, creed, gender identity and expression, genetic information, marital status, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs. For inquiries related to departmental policy, please contact: Equity Assurance and Compliance Branch, Office of the State Superintendent, Maryland State Department of Education, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2595 – 410-767-0433 (voice) – 410-767-0431 (fax) – 410-333-6442 (TTY/TD).