As Cheatham County families begin adjusting to the new school year, here is some information about financial aid available for the county’s students at mealtimes.
Some families are eligible for free or reduced lunches.
Normally, breakfast costs $2, lunch for pre-K through fourth grade costs $2.75 and lunch for grades 5 through 12 costs $3. For those who qualify for reduced prices, breakfast is 30 cents and lunch is 40 cents.
Who is eligible?
All children receiving SNAP or Families First benefits can receive free meals. Foster children, students participating in a Head Start program and all children who are homeless, runaway or migrant are eligible for free meals.
Families in a certain income bracket can also receive free or reduced meals. A chart showing those income limits is available on the Cheatham County schools website under “school nutrition.”
Families staying in a shelter, hotel or other temporary housing situation can be defined as homeless, according to the website. Students who are not U.S. citizens can also apply.
How to apply
Online applications for the program are available through the school’s website. Families with more than one child in the school system can add multiple students to the same form.
Printed applications are also available and can be submitted to the school nutrition office at 102 Elizabeth St., Ashland City, TN 37015.
Answers to other frequently asked questions about the program are available on the district’s website.