Turn in Applications to:

For the most rapid processing of your Meal Application, please apply online!


You may return your completed paper application to the
District Administration Office
 1000 West Street
Tonganoxie, KS  66086

Mail completed application to:
District Administration Office
Attn:  Barb Smith
330 E. Hwy 24-40
Tonganoxie, KS  66086

Do not fax a free and reduced application.

A new application is required each school year.

One application per household please

Meal Applications

Free & Reduced Program

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

Students can receive free or reduced price meals (this does not include A la Carte items) if their family’s gross household income is at or below the federal income guidelines shown below. Most foster children, and those receiving Food Assistance, Temporary Assistance to Families (TAF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are eligible for free breakfast and lunch. Children in households participating in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program may also be eligible.

Reduced Price Meals:
$0.30 per breakfast    $.040 per lunch 

Parents should complete only ONE application per household. Please allow up to 10 days for processing once the Student Nutrition Department has received the application. Email, letter or phone call will be made letting you know if the household qualifies for free or reduced-priced meals. It is important to make sure the schools have the correct contact information including home address, email or phone. If you need to make changes to your contact information, please contact the school where the child attends.


A new application is required every school year. Parents may return the application to the Student Nutrition office located at the District Administration office 330 E. Hwy 24-40 Tonganoxie, KS 66086. Applications must have an original signature; therefore we do not accept copied, e-mailed, or faxed applications. Applications are approved in the order received at the Student Nutrition Department.

If a child was receiving free or reduced-priced meals at the end of the last school year, their benefits will continue for the first 30 school days; This allows parents enough time to submit a new application for review without the child losing benefits. It is strongly recommended that the new application be submitted as soon as possible to allow ample time for processing. Unless the previous year’s benefits are carrying over during the first 30 school days, you will be required to pay full price for meals until the processing and determination of meal benefits has been completed.

2020-2021 Free and Reduced Meal Application-Printable



2020-2021 Online Free and Reduced Meal Application-click here

Tonganoxie Student Nutrition Department offers an online option for completing an application for meal benefits. It is simple, fast and free! Once the online application is completed, The Student Nutrition Department will receive it, finalize the determination of benefits and email, mail a letter, email the family or make a phone call to notify the household. The online approval process eliminates several steps, making it the fastest way to apply.

If you do not wish to apply online, you may print the Child Nutrition application and once completed take it the Student Nutrition Department temporarily located at the District Administration Office.

When filling out the application, you are required to provide the following:

  • Names of ALL household members.
  • Total GROSS income received by each household member.
  • Signature of an adult household member.
  • The last four digits of your Social Security number, or the indication that you do not have a Social Security number.

The identity of the students who receive free or reduced price meals is confidential. All students are treated the same, regardless of ability to pay. In the operation of the school breakfast and lunch programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, age or handicap.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Barb Smith
Student Nutrition Coordinator
Mailing address:                      Temporary Physical Address:
330 E. Hwy 24-40                                  1000 West Street
Tonganoxie, KS 66086                        Tonganoxie, KS 66086
913-416-1400 ext. 1006