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Business Office - Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Administration Building
25 Valley Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4200

Free and Reduced Lunch Program Contact:
April Taylor, 609-806-4210


August 15, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,
As part of the District's Wellness Initiative, we are committed to ensuring that all our children feel safe, secure and ready to learn.  Essential to our students' overall well-being is the enjoyment each and every day of nutritious food choices.  Again this year, the food service company, Nutri-Serve, will be working with us to provide healthy, appetizing and affordable lunches at our schools.

I encourage you to carefully review the information and application (PDF above) for the District's Breakfast/Lunch Programs.  The application package includes an income chart that will enable you to determine if your household is eligible for free or reduced priced meals under the federal school breakfast/lunch program.  Also, if your family has experienced an unexpected loss in income due to unemployment, illness or other unforeseen circumstances, please review the information carefully to see if the program may benefit you and your children on a temporary basis.

If you have any questions about the District's Breakfast/Lunch Program, please don't hesitate to contact the main office at your children's school or April Taylor in our Business Office.  Together we can make sure that all of our children have healthy, nutritious food choices every day of the school year.


Stephen C. Cochrane
Superintendent of Schools

15 de agosto, 2017

Estimados padres y acudientes,

Como parte de la Iniciativa de Bienestar del Distrito, estamos comprometidos a asegurarque todos nuestros niños se sientan a salvo, seguros y listos para aprender. Lo esencialpara el bienestar general de nuestros estudiantes es la diversión de todos y cada uno delos días con selecciones de comidas nutritivas. De nuevo este año, la compañía deservicios de comida, Nutri Serve, estará trabajando con nosotros para dar almuerzossaludables, deliciosos y a buen precio para nuestras escuelas.

Les motivo para con cuidado revisen la información que se añada y el formulario paralos programas de Desayuno/Almuerzo del Distrito. El paquete del formulario incluye uncuadro de entrada económica que le permitirá determinar si su casa es elegible para lascomidas gratis o a precio reducido bajo el programa federal de desayuno/almuerzoescolar. También si su familia ha experimentado una pérdida inesperada en la entradaeconómica debido a desempleo, enfermedad y otras circunstancias no previstas, porfavor revise la información cuidadosamente para ver si el programa puede benficiarle austed y a sus hijos de forma temporal.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre el Programa de Desayuno/almuerzo del Distrito,por favor no dude en contactar a la oficina principal en la escuela de sus hijos o conApril Taylor en nuestra Oficina de Negocios (Business Office). Juntos podemosasegurarnos que todos nuestros niños tengan selecciones de comida saludable ynutritiva – todos los dia en el ano escolar.

Stephen C. Cochrane
Superintendente de las Escuelas

Who Qualifies for Free and Reduced-Price Meals?

  • All children in households receiving benefits from NJ SNAP or NJ TANF/WorkFirst-NJ are eligible for free meals.
  • Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
  • Children participating in their school's Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
  • Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household's income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits listed below:
Federal Income Chart for 2017-2018

Household Size: 1
Yearly Income: 22,311
Monthly Income: 1,860
Weekly Income: 430

Household Size: 2
Yearly Income: 30,044
Monthly Income: 2,504
Weekly Income: 578

Household Size: 3
Yearly Income:37,777
Monthly Income: 3,149
Weekly Income: 727

Household Size: 4
Yearly Income: 45,510
Monthly Income: 3,793
Weekly Income: 876

Household Size: 5
Yearly Income: 53,243
Monthly Income: 4,437
Weekly Income: 1,024

Household Size: 6
Yearly Income: 60,976
Monthly Income: 5,082
Weekly Income: 1,173

Household Size: 7
Yearly Income: 68,709
Monthly Income: 5,726
Weekly Income: 1,322

Household Size: 8
Yearly Income: 76,442
Monthly Income: 6,371
Weekly Income: 1,471


Princeton Public Schools participates in NJ Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch Program. The objective of the NJ School Lunch Program is to “provide a nutritious, well-balanced lunch for children in order to promote sound eating habits, to foster good health and academic achievement, and to reinforce the nutrition education taught in the classroom.”  (Source:

Who is eligible for free or reduced priced lunches?

Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls within the limits on This is the Chart
What is the National School Lunch Program?

The National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751) was first passed in 1946.  It created a national school lunch program; however, it was not until 1966 that Congress made an annual appropriation of funding for schools to provide free and reduced price lunches to eligible students who were unable to pay the full cost of lunch.    

The National School Lunch Act states that it is in the interest of national security to “safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation’s children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food.”  The U.S. Department of Agriculture administers the program and provides states with general and special cash assistance and donations of foods purchased by the federal government so that schools will be able to serve nutritious lunches to children each school day.  In New Jersey, the NJ Department of Agriculture administers this program.  Schools, like the Princeton Public Schools, must agree to the following requirements in order to receive funds:  

  • Serve lunches meeting the minimum nutritional requirements.
  • Serve meals without cost or at reduced cost to children who were determined to be unable to pay the full cost of the lunch and not to segregate or discriminate against such children in any way.
  • Operate the program on a nonprofit basis.
  • Use whenever practical the commodities donated by the federal government.
  • Maintain proper records of all receipts and expenditures and submit reports to the state agency as required.

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