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Prices for the 2021-2022 School Year


The Olympia School District will continue to offer free meals to all children through the 2021-22 school year as part of an extension of a federal program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Schools throughout the country can provide children with continued access to free meals through June 30, 2022, regardless of families’ ability to pay. The continuation of the program, which was first implemented at the beginning of the pandemic, is part of the federal government’s plan to reopen schools safely.

Families are still encouraged to complete an application for free or reduced lunches, as eligibility for free or reduced lunches could possibly lead to future benefits.


2021-22 Adult Meal Prices


  • Adult Breakfast: $2.90
  • Adult Lunch $4.75
  • Milk $.60


Financial Assistance


Free & Reduced Price Price Meals

All families who wish to apply for free or reduced meals with the Olympia School District are encouraged to fill out an application at any time during the school year. A new application needs to be completed at the beginning of each school year. Applications are available at all schools and on the Child Nutrition Services website. Once an application is completed, it can be submitted to a school's lunchroom manager or mailed directly to the Child Nutrition Services Office for processing.


Consent to Share

If your student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals you may be eligible for reduced or waived fees for other programs at your school or in the district. Please complete the Consent to Share form (linked below) along with your free or reduced-price application or family income survey (Garfield, Hansen, LP Brown) and return to your child's school. These forms are necessary to ensure students' free and reduced status can be shared with those administering fees for participation in extracurricular activities and other school and/or district programs. This form along with the Free and Reduced-price meal application and/or Family Income Survey will need to be completed every school year.

Click on the link(s) below for a copy of this school year's Free & Reduced (F&R) application.  Please download the application to your computer, then open it and it will print correctly.


The USDA Website has free and reduced-priced meal applications in 33 different languages.

To apply online please use Olympia SD Skyward Family Access: Family Access Portal.


When completing an application remember that only one application is needed per household. Applications that are incomplete cannot be processed. The Child Nutrition Services office will notify every household that submits an application whether they are or are not eligible for financial assistance.



Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

Does your student attend GarfieldHansen or LP Brown? All enrolled students at these three schools are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at no charge. Please be sure to fill out a Family Income Survey and Consent to Share form (linked below) to ensure that students and families receive access to free and reduced-priced activities, athletics, field trips and future college-bound scholarships.



Important notes:

  • Income Surveys are only required for students attending Garfield, Hansen and LPB
  • A free and reduced-price meal application is required for any sibling of a CEP student who attend a school other than Garfield, Hansen or LP Brown
  • If your child moves to a non-CEP school, you will need to fill out a free and reduced-price meal application.


Learn more from the US Department of Agriculture:



Submitting Applications After the School Year Begins

Applications are accepted anytime throughout the school year, and can be submitted to your student's lunchroom or mailed to Child Nutrition Services.


Who Should Apply?

You should complete the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application if:


  • Your household income is SAME or LESS than the amount on the Income Chart (see below).

  • You receive Basic Food

  • You take part in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

  • You receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

  • You are applying for a Foster Child


Application Definitions


Household Size

All persons, including parents, children, grandparents, and all people related or unrelated who live in your home and share living expenses. If applying for a household with a foster child, you may include the foster child in the total household size.

Total Household Income

The income each household member received before taxes. This includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. If including a foster child as part of the household, you must also include the foster child's personal income. Do not report foster payment as income.


What must be on the application:

The information that is required to complete the application form varies depending on your household situation. Review the three household categories below to determine how your family must complete the application. Each of the categories includes a list of the specific information that must be provided for the application form to be valid and an example of how the form should be filled out for each household category.

Instructions for households not getting any assistance:

  • Student name(s)

  • Names of all household members

  • Income by source for all household members

  • Adult household member's signature

  • Last 4 digits of social security number of the adult household member who signs the application (or if the adult signing does not have a social security number, check the associated box).

  • Complete parts 1, 3, 4 and 5.  Parts 6 and 7 are optional.


Instructions for a family getting Basic Food, TANF, or FDPIR:


  • List all student names

  • Enter a case number

  • Adult household member's signature

  • Complete parts 1, 2, 4 and 5. Parts 6 and 7 are optional


Instructions for households with only foster child(ren)


  • Student's name

  • Adult household member's signature

  • Complete parts 1 and 5.  Parts 6 and 7 are optional

  • You may also send the school a copy of the court documentation showing the foster child(ren) was placed with you instead of filling out an application form


Instructions for households with a foster child(ren) and other children


  • Apply as a household and include foster children

  • Follow the instructions for households not getting any assistance, and include the foster child's personal use income


Additional Information


Proof of Eligibility

The information you provide may be verified at any time. You may be asked to send information to prove your student is eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals.

Hearing on Decision

If you do not agree with the decision on your student's application or the process used to prove income eligibility, you may talk with Paul Flock, the fair hearing official. You have the right to a fair hearing which may be arranged by calling or writing Paul Flock, Child Nutrition Services, 1302 North St SE, Olympia, WA 98501, Telephone (360) 596-7007.

Reapplying for Benefits

You may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If you should have a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, or become unemployed, or receive basic food, FDPIR or TANF, you may be eligible for benefits and may fill out an application at that time.



Other Benefits

If your student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, discounted or free school services may also be available. Ask your school for more information about benefits available at your school as benefits vary from school to school. Benefits may include:

  • Advanced Placement Tests

  • Running Start Books

  • Athletic Fees

  • Associated Student Body Fees

  • Event Fees

  • Pre-College Exams (PSAT/SAT/ACT)

  • College Application Fees

  • Field Trips

  • Medical, Dental and Vision

  • College Bound ScholarshipCollege-bound Scholarship, a commitment of financial aid at over 65 colleges, universities, and technical schools in Washington for students who enroll in middle school and keep the pledge regarding grades and school behavior through graduation.