Discounted Lunch Application
Parents, please click the LunchApp link below to access the free & reduced lunch application. If you are unsure whether you qualify, please fill one out anyway: LunchApp.

If you have any questions, Please contact Steve Pell at 517-647-2984 or

Public Release for Free and Reduced Price School Meals

The following household size and income criteria will be used for 2013-2014 school year determining eligibility for children unable to pay the full price for meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program:


Scale for Free Meals or Free Milk


Scale for Reduced Price Meals

Total Family Size




Twice per Month

Every Two Weeks





Twice per Month

Every Two Weeks














































































































                          * Add this amount for each additional household member

Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free milk.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians.  To apply for free and reduced price school meals, households should fill out the form and return it to the school.  Additional copies of the application form are available at the principal’s office in each school.  Households should answer all questions on the form.

NON FOOD STAMP HOUSEHOLDS:  An application which does not contain all of the following information cannot be processed by the school:  (1) the total income by source for each household member (such as wages, child support, etc.); (2) names of all household members; (3) social security number of the adult household member who signs the application; and (4) the signature of a household member.

FOOD STAMP/FIP/FDPIR HOUSEHOLDS:  If you currently receive Food Stamps, Family Independence Program (FIP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation (FDPIR) benefits for your child, you only have to list your child’s name and Food Stamp or FIP/FDPIR case number and sign the application.

The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility, verifying data, or qualifying children for other federal and state programs, as authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture.  The school or other officials may verify applications at any time during the school year.

Households may apply for benefits at any time during the school year.  If a household is not currently eligible but, has a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, or if a household member becomes unemployed, the household should fill out an application at that time.

In most cases, foster children are eligible for these benefits regardless of the household’s income.  If a household has foster children living with them, and they wish to apply for free or reduced price meals for them, the household should contact the school for more information. 

Under the provisions of the policy Mr. Steven Pell, Director of Food Services, phone: 647-2984, will review applications and determine eligibility.

Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of Mr. Pell may wish to discuss the decision with him on an informal basis.  The household also has the right to a fair hearing.  This can be done by calling or writing Mr. Scott Brown, Director of Finance, Portland Public Schools, 1100 Ionia Road, Portland, MI 48875, phone 647-4161.

Each school building and the Central Administration Office have a complete policy which may be reviewed by any interested party.

REAPPLY:  You may apply for meal benefits at any time during the school year.  If you lose your job, if your income decreases, if your family size increases or if you begin Food Stamps or FIP/FDPIR, fill out an application at that time.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, Portland Public Schools is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202)720-6382 (TTY).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

You will be informed of application approval or denial.