Free and Reduced Meals
Free and Reduced Price School Meals
Applications for Free and Reduced Price School Meals are available online in English and Spanish. Families are encouraged to apply online for meal benefits.
Benefits of applying online:
- Quicker approval process for eligibility
- Accuracy of submitted application
- Information release form for waiving student fees (see below)
- Assisting your child's school in receiving additional funds
If you don't have access to the online system, paper applications are available with your student's school Cafeteria Manager.
Applications will be processed as quickly as possible. Due to volume of applications, please allow up to 10 operating days for a response. Families may apply at any time throughout the school year. If applications are submitted during the school year, parents must pay full price for meals until the application is approved and they cannot be refunded for prior meal payments.
Please note: Families must reapply for free and reduced price school meals every school year. If a student was approved for free and reduced price school meals in the Five Star District last year, he/she may retain that carryover eligibility for the first 30 operating days of school.
Select schools don't participate in the USDA's National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, including Thornton High School, Prospect Ridge Academy and Stargate School. Please contact these schools for more details regarding their lunch programs.
- Information on who is eligible to receive free and reduced price school meals. (English - Spanish)
- United States citizenship or immigration status is not a condition of eligibility for free and reduced price benefits. To clarify questions related to immigration status when applying for free or reduced price school meals, Five Star Schools prepared a collection of questions and answers. (English - Spanish)
Information Release Forms
Adams 12 Five Star Schools discounts or waives certain student fees based on a student's free and reduced status. This status is protected by USDA government regulations; therefore, in order to have student fees discounted or waived, parents must complete the Information Release Form (English - Spanish) included in the application.
In accordance with Federal civil rights laws and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, Adams 12 Nutrition Services is 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 funded by USDA. Adams 12 Nutrition Services is an equal opportunity provider.
Any harassment/discrimination of students and/or staff, based on the aforementioned protected areas, will not be tolerated and must be reported either by contacting the Nutrition Services, Resource Manager at 720-972-6140 or by submitting the Civil Rights Complaint Form (English - Spanish). Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Services at (800) 877-8339.