Fill out form to ensure free or reduced school meals

  • General Brown CSD is asking families that have not submitted the annual Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) form for this year to do so to ensure qualified students will continue to receive meals in the fall of 2021.

    Currently, all students in the General Brown Central School District can receive free meals whether attending in-person or remote classes. This USDA funding will continue until the end of this school year. Although parents/guardians do not need to fill out any forms to receive this year’s free meals, once this program ends, only those who qualified and completed the FRPL form will continue to receive the benefit.

    Completing and submitting a FRPL form for the 2020-21 year, ensures that the children of families who qualify will receive meal benefits at the start of the 2021-22 school year prior to filling out a new form for that school year.

    In addition, families identified by their child’s school district as eligible for FRPL can receive Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits from New York state. An initial round of these benefits was issued by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) to cover the cost of meals that students would have received at school during the period of March-June 2020 for families who qualified for FRPL. It is expected that another round of benefits will be issued in 2021 to eligible families. However, because families must recertify for FRPL each school year, there may be families who would be eligible, but have not yet turned in the latest FRPL application.

    Please note the following about FRPL applications: 

    • All families can apply: Don’t pre-judge your eligibility. All families are encouraged to fill out and return this form so the district can determine who might be eligible for this benefit. Families must fill out and submit their FRPL application in order to determine their eligibility. 
    • The information on your application will be kept confidential: Student status is kept confidential, and all children can access the same meals. 
    • Applying is quick and easy: The Free and Reduced-Price Lunch application is a one-page form that asks for basic information about your household, including income information. You do not need to include any supporting documents with your application. Families can apply at any time during the school year, but you must reapply each year.
    • Applying might unlock additional benefits for families: Families who qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch can receive other benefits, including Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) cards from New York state, which can be used to purchase food. If you already receive Medicaid or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), you will receive P-EBT benefits automatically, but if you do not submit your FRPL application, you might be missing out on additional benefits for your family. Conversely, your family may qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch even if you do not qualify for Medicaid or SNAP.
    • Applying might help your child’s school: Your completed FRPL application can help unlock vital state and federal funding for your child’s school. Since some state aid is calculated based on the district’s percentage of families who are eligible for this benefit, your participation can save you money even if your child never orders a single school meal. When the district gets its share of state funding, it is less reliant on local tax dollars to fund student programs. 

    Applications are available from the Food Service Department and can be accessed from the district website here.

    Directions for how to apply for free and reduced meals also are on the website.

    Once an application is submitted, you should receive a response in the mail from the district Food Service Department within two weeks.

    Applications in languages other than English can be provided by the Food Service Department upon request.

    Questions about the Free and Reduced Price Lunch application can be directed to Food Service Director Jim Nevers by calling (315) 779-2300, Option 7, Option 1 or by emailing him at jnevers@gblions.org.

    More information on Food Services available at General Brown can be found on the department’s webpage.