The Colorado Department of Education is announcing the policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price served in schools under the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and/or the Special Milk Program.

DENVER - The Colorado Department of Education is announcing the policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price served in schools under the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and/or the Special Milk Program.

Applications for free and reduced-price school meals, instructions and an informational letter to households are available at your local school and/or district office. Only one application is required for all children in the household. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a decrease in income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size, or become eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits or Temporary Assistance for Need Family (TANF, also known as Colorado Works, Basic Cash Assistance or State Diversion) benefits or become categorically eligible, you may fill out an application at that time.

For more information, visit the Colorado Department of Education's Nutrition Office's website about the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program at http://www.cde.state.co.us/nutrition/nutrfreeandreducedmaterials.htm.