Student Eligibility & Applications

If you have questions regarding Student Eligibility and Applications, please contact a member of the Child Nutrition staff. 

 

Web-Based Meal Benefit Application

Maine DOE has extended their partnership with Nutri-Link Technologies, Inc, to provide an online meal benefit application through school year 2022.  There is no cost to Maine public school districts that participate in the federal Child Nutrition Programs.  For more information, email paula.nadeau@maine.gov.

A review of traditional NSLP (15:00) 3/3/22
A review of traditional NSLP (pdf)

 

Direct Certification

The law requires every school district to review the direct certification list at least three times during the school year. The Department suggest at the beginning of each quarter. Direct certification is the FIRST method to approve a student's eligibility with no application or other documentation. When a student submits an application and is on the direct certification list, that application should be filed in a folder of direct certified students/families. Maine currently is below the national benchmark of directly certified students. A report of percent of students directly certified on the list is available on the web. This information is from data submitted by each district to DOE.

Direct Certification Notification Letter 

 
Free and Reduced Applications

Federal Meal Reimbursement Rates and Eligibility Guidelines -Current and previous years reimbursement rates, eligibility guidelines, and USDA food rates as well as the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

Translated Applications (link to USDA)
Sharing Information Form (optional) 

School Year 2023 Public School that are Non-Pricing

Parent Letter for F/R Meals (for Public Schools)
Application for Free & Reduced Meals
Instructions for Completing the SY 2023 Application
Eligibility Notification Letter (for Public Schools)
Maine DOE Meal Benefit Application Promotion Letter (pdf)
Economic Status Promotion Letter for CEP Districts

School Year 2023 Private Schools that are Charging for Paid Meals

Parent Letter for F/R Meals (for Private Schools)
Application for Free & Reduced Meals
Instructions for Completing the SY 2023 Application
Eligibility Notification Letter (for Private Schools)
Maine DOE Meal Benefit Application Promotion Letter (pdf)
Economic Status Promotion Letter for CEP Districts



 

 

Special Milk Program 

School Year 2023
Application for Free Milk
Parent Letter for Free Milk
Instructions for completing the SY2023 Application
Eligibility Notification Letter Special Milk Program

 

 

      Verification

      Verification is a confirmation of a percent of eligibility for free and reduced price applications under the National School Lunch Program or Breakfast Program. It must include either confirmation of income eligibility or confirmation that the child is included in a currently certified food stamp household or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) unit. At State or local discretion, it may also include confirmation of any other information on the application, which is required as a condition of eligibility.

      SY2023 Verification Training (48:00)

      Verification Quick Reference Guide

      District SFA ID Codes
      FNS 742 Report - Schools
      General requirements
      Verification Notification and Tracking Forms (fillable forms)
      Verification Procedure for Late Reports

      Resources 

      Eligibility Manual for School Meals -  Determining and Verifying Eligibility 
      Maine Eligibility Quick Guide

      Application Collection & Meal Participation Webinar (10:00) (SY22)
      Increase Meal participation-Resources for Food Service Directors (pdf)
      Manage Your Message-Social Media Templates (Word)
      Your Voice Matters! - Graphic for Student Survey (jpg)
      Your Voice Matters! - Graphic for Student Survey (pdf)
      Student Survey Poster and Template (pdf)
      Report on School Meal Participation Survey (pdf)

         

        For assistance or questions with verification reports or requirements, contact the Department's Child Nutrition Specialist David Hartley at david.hartley@maine.gov or 624-6878.