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Office of the State Superintendent of Education Announces Criteria and Participants for 2018-19 School Year Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Friday, August 31, 2018

Media Contact: Fred Lewis, [email protected], (202) 442-4718

The District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) announces the criteria for determining the eligibility of children to receive free and reduced-price meals for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the Special Milk Program (SMP) for free milk in schools.

For schools participating in the NSLP and SMP, a letter or notice and family application forms are distributed to parents of all children in attendance at school at the beginning of each school year. The letter or notice shall contain the following information:

  • In schools participating in a meal service program, the eligibility criteria for reduced price benefits with an explanation that households with incomes less than or equal to the reduced price criteria would be eligible for either free or reduced price meals, or in schools participating in the free milk option, the eligibility criteria for free milk benefits;
  • How a household may make an application for free or reduced price meals or for free milk for its children;
  • An explanation that an application for free or reduced price benefits cannot be approved unless it contains complete information as described in paragraph (1)(i) of the definition of Documentation in §245.2 ;
  • An explanation that households with children who are members of currently certified SNAP, FDPIR or TANF households may submit applications for these children with the abbreviated information described in paragraph (2)(ii) of the definition of Documentation in §245.21;
  • An explanation that the information on the application may be verified at any time during the school year;
  • How a household may apply for benefits at any time during the school year as circumstances change;
  • A statement to the effect that children having parents or guardians who become unemployed are eligible for free or reduced price meals or for free milk during the period of unemployment, provided, that the loss of income causes the household income during the period of unemployment to be within the eligibility criteria;
  • The statement: “In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age or disability;”
  • An explanation that Head Start enrollees and foster, homeless, migrant, and runaway children, as defined in §245.2, are categorically eligible for free meals and free milk and their families should contact the school for more information;
  • How a household may appeal the decision of the local educational agency with respect to the application under the hearing procedure set forth in §245.7. The letter or notice shall be accompanied by a copy of the application form required under §245.6;
  • A statement to the effect that the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.

The schools will receive free or reduced-price meal reimbursement based on the following income scales2 from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019, calculated on annual income.

Family Size Eligibility Scale for Free Meals Family Size Eligibility Scale for Reduced-Price Meals
One $15,782 One $22,459
Two $21,398 Two $30,451
Three $27,014 Three $38,443
Four $32,630 Four $46,435
Five $38,246 Five $54,427
Six $43,862 Six $62,419
Seven $49,478 Seven $70,411
Eight $55,094 Eight $78,403
Each additional family member +$5,616 Each additional family member +$7,992

If you have questions about applying for meals, please contact your local education agency (LEA). A complete listing of LEAs participating in the 2018-19 school year NSLP and SMP with contact information is below:

National School Lunch Program

School Name Contact Name Contact Number
Achievement Preparatory Academy PCS Gregory Gaines (202) 839-2998
Apple Tree Early Learning PCS Tony Taylor (202) 526-1503
Basis DC PCS Portia Cameron (202) 397-5437
Breakthrough Montessori PCS Emily Hedin (202) 246-1928
Bridges PCS Monique Mitchell (202) 545-0515
Briya PCS William Bletzinger (202) 420-7070
Capital City PCS Jonathan Weinstein (202) 808-9800
Cedar Tree Academy PCS LaTonya  Henderson (202) 610-4193
Center City PCS Russ Williams (202) 589-0202
Cesar Chavez PCS Marjean Sipe (202) 491-4027
City Arts & Prep PCS Laneise Harris (202) 269-4646
Creative Minds International PCS James Lafferty-Furphy (222) 588-0370
DC Bilingual PCS Lola Bloom (202) 750-6674
DC International School Luisa Juarez (202) 808-9033
DC Preparatory Academy PCS Kalyn Blueitt (202) 635-4590
DC Public Schools (DCPS) Robert Jaber (202) 442-6133
DC Scholars PCS Kyle Jones (202) 559-6138
Democracy Prep PCS Katrina Settles (202) 236-4456
Dept of Youth Rehabilitation (DYRS) Kimelia Austin (202) 299-3208
Digital Pioneers PCS Nima Farshchi (301) 717-2792
Eagle Academy PCS Vernal Crooms (202) 544-2646
Early Childhood Academy PCS Thann Ingraham (202) 373-0035
EL Haynes PCS Sebastien Durand (202) 667-4446
Elsie Whitlow Stokes PCS Erika Bryant (202) 265-7237
Friendship PCS Dana Leach (202) 281-1700
Harmony DC PCS Kevin Schools (202) 714-3550
Hope Community PCS Trina Gross (202) 722-4421
Howard Univ. Middle School Leslie Boler (202) 806-7725
Idea PCS Nicole Seward (202) 399-4750
Ideal Academy PCS Tamara Shell (202) 729-6660
Ingenuity Prep PCS Brittany Hullinger (202) 562-0391
Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS Kate Keplinger (202) 248-6825
Kingsman Academy PCS D'Amber Barnes (202) 547-1028
KIPP/DC Kate Williams (202) 383-4022
Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS Betsy Romero (202) 726-6200
LAYC Career Academy PCS Jeremy Vera (202) 319-2228
Lee Montessori PCS Erin Rowsey (202) 779-9740
Mary McLeod Bethune PCS Don Cole (202) 459-4710
Maya Angelou PCS Heather Hesslink (202) 792-5655
Meridan PCS Michael Russell (202) 387-9830
Monument Academy PCS Tasliym Lester (202) 545-3183
Mundo Verde PCS Kelsey Weisgerber (202) 750-7060
National Collegiate Prep PCS Jennifer Ross (202) 832-7787
Next Step PCS Joshua Brown (202) 491-4647
Paul PCS William Henderson (202) 291-7499
Perry Street Prep PCS Rhonda Gueory (202) 529-4400
Richard Wright PCS Alisha Roberts (202) 388-1011
Rocketship Rise Academy PCS Meredith James (410) 292-7380
Roots PCS Larisa Yarmolovich (202) 750-7177
Seed PCS Ken Arndt (202) 248-7773
SELA PCS Camerra Taliaferro (202) 670-7352
Shining Stars Montessori Academy Cherita Moore-Gause (202) 723-1467
Somerset Preparatory Academy DC Deboraha Crawford (202) 562-9104
Sustainable Futures PCS Lauren Bryant (706) 825-2003
Statesmen College Preparatory Academy for Boys PCS Sean Flora (202) 505-9072
The Children's Guild PCS Michelle L. Holewinski (443) 829-3880
Thurgood Marshall Academy PCHS Nora Moore (202) 563-6862
Two Rivers PCS Gail Williams (202) 388-1360
Washington Global PCS Elizabeth Torres (202) 796-2415
Washington Latin PCS Martita Fleming (202) 223-1111
Washington Leadership Academy PCS Mandy Leiter (310) 882-0414
Washington Yu Ying PCS Emily Henshall (202) 635-1950

National School Lunch Program - Private Schools

School Name Contact Name Contact Number
Kingsbury Day School Angie Harris (202) 545-2426
Sam Miguel Alvin Zepeda (202) 232-8345
Washington School for Girls Leah Nelson (202) 678-1113

Special Milk program - All

School Name Contact Name Contact Number
The Episcopal Center for Children RonJanica Hymes    (202) 363-1333

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: US Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: [email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


1To review §245.2, please visit the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
2Child Nutrition Programs: Income Eligibility Guidelines