Important Information About Meal Benefits
Students who were approved for meal benefits at the end of the last school year are eligible to continue those benefits at the start of the new school year until October 18. After that date, benefits will be discontinued without a current year approval on file.
New kindergarten students are not automatically eligible for meal benefits because older siblings previously were. A current year application must be approved for them to begin receiving benefits.
Turning in an application does not automatically qualify children for benefits. No child is eligible until your household receives a letter from YCS Child Nutrition Programs. The approval process could take 8-10 working days, especially at the start of the school year due to the high volume at that time.
If your children receive Basic Food, TANF or FDIPR, they are eligible for benefits once their name appears on a current electronic listing from DSHS. Do not assume each of your children is on that listing. YCS Child Nutrition Programs will inform each household of eligibility via letter. Please check the list of children eligible in your household. If you do not see a name you believe should be on the letter, please contact us at 458-1100 ext. 11504.
Benefits may be applied for at any time during the school year. Free and Reduced Lunch forms are available below, at each school, at the district office, and at Yelm Community Services (UCBO).
2012-13 Application (pdf)
Last Modified on August 17, 2010