Hopkinton Public Schools (HPS) are participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program this year. As part of this program, HPS will offer healthy meals every school day. The Massachusetts legislature has provided funding to make meals available at no cost to all students during school year 2022-23 regardless of household income. However, families still should complete a meal benefit application, as this provides data for key funding for academic resources and also may connect families to additional benefits. This data will also support the additional funds provided by the commonwealth for this pilot.
Qualifications for children to receive free or reduced price meals include: belonging to a household whose income is at or below the federal income eligibility guidelines, belonging to a household that receives public assistance, or if the child is homeless, migrant, runaway, foster or participates in a Head Start or Even Start pre-K program.
Household size and income criteria are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits if the household does not receive assistance or the children are not in the other categories mentioned above. Children can get free or reduced-price meals if the household’s gross income falls at or below the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guideline Chart.