According to an update from Child Nutrition Services at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), households of furloughed employees may be eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits.
A furlough is a unique situation where households may not have information on the duration of the furlough or the ultimate impact on the household income. While free or reduced-price meal eligibility is intended to reflect actual annual income, applications may reflect the current household situation.
Families whose household income has been impacted by the government shutdown are encouraged to apply for free/reduced price meal benefits for their students. Click here for the application form.
In the event that the furlough is lifted and income is restored, families whose applications were approved will be required to terminate or update their free/reduced price status.