• Free & Reduced Meal Application

    If you feel that your child would qualify for free or reduced meals, please print and fill out the attached. 

    Important tips to remember!
    • A new application should be filled out at the beginning of each school year.
    • Each child will be charged the full price for meals until the application has been approved.  Although we try to process the applications quickly, this may take up to 10 days.
    • Parents are responsible for all charges incurred before the application has been approved.  Please plan to send a packed lunch if you feel that you may not be able to pay the full price for meals.
    • Free or reduced price meal status is not retroactive to any date prior to the approval of the application.
    • If your child received free or reduced meals at Hillsdale Community Schools during the previous year, that status will carry over for 30 days into the current year.  You must have an application approved prior to to the end of those 30 days to prevent a lapse in benefits 
    • Be very specific about income when completing the application.  Be sure to indicate how often each income is received.
    • Incomplete applications will be returned for information.  This delays the process and could mean a lapse in benefits for your child.
    • Be sure to sign the application and provide the last four digits of your social security number
    • Each year, 3% of the applications on file must be verified.  The applications are chosen randomly and you will be notified by mail if income information needs to be provided.  This process begins in early October and is completed by mid-November.
    • If your household receives food stamps, your case number, not bridge card number, must be included .

    If you have more questions, contact, Linda McDowell at 517-437-0990 x100 or email her at linda.mcdowell@hillsdale-isd.org

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    The information on this form should be updated as necessary to reflect the current needs of the participant.

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) nondiscrimination regulation (7 CFR 15b), as well as the regulations governing the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, make it clear that substitutions to the regular meal must be made for children who are unable to eat school meals because of their disabilities, when that need is certified by a licensed physician

    Hillsdale Community Schools and Hillsdale County ISD follows the guidelines set forth by the USDA concerning the accommodation of special dietary needs of our students.  Substitutions will be made to the best of our ability, when a student has the necessary paperwork on file.  If your child has special meal requirements due to allergies, a disability, or a disease, please follow the link below to access the form.  This form should be completed by licensed physician and returned to the school your child is attending.  Hillsdale County ISD is not able to make any menu changes for your child until the form is on file.

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Last Modified on October 2, 2017