National School Breakfast and Lunch Program

National School Breakfast and Lunch Program

Applications for free and reduced-price school meal benefits for the 2021-2022 school year are online at

Frederick County Public Schools, Food and Nutrition Services announces participation in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for the 2021-2022 school year. SSO is part of the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch Program and has been approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to allow all children enrolled at Frederick County Public Schools to receive meals for free.

We encourage families to complete the free and reduced-price meal benefits application even though all children receive meals at no charge because the USDA provides funds that support the nutrition program based on your child’s eligibility. Eligibility for free or reduced-price meal reimbursement is based on the following annual income eligibility guidelines effective from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Income Chart:

Household Size Free Meals Reduced-Price Meals
  Year Month Twice
Week Year Month Twice
1 $16,744 $1,396 $698 $644 $322 $23,828 $1,986 $993 $917 $459
2 22,646 1,888 944 871 436 32,227 2,686 1,343 1,240 620
3 28,548 2,379 1,190 1,098 549 40,626 3,386 1,693 1,563 782
4 34,450 2,871 1,436 1,325 663 49,025 4,086 2,043 1,886 943
5 40,352 3,363 1,682 1,552 776 57,424 4,786 2,393 2,209 1,105
6 46,254 3,855 1,928 1,779 890 65,823 5,486 2,743 2,532 1,266
7 52,156 4,347 2,174 2,006 1,003 74,222 6,186 3,093 2,855 1,428
8 58,058 4,839 2,420 2,233 1,117 82,621 6,886 3,443 3,178 1,589
For each additional family member add ... $5,902 $492 $246 $227 $114 $8,399 $700 $350 $324 $162

Free and reduced-price meal benefits are available at all Frederick County Public Schools. Online and printable applications can be found at Families should fill out a meal benefits application regardless if students return to school in person or via distance learning.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are 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 conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

The Maryland State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry/national origin, color, disability, gender identity/expression, marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in matters affecting employment or in providing access to programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. For inquiries related to Department policy, please contact: Equity Assurance and Compliance Officer, Office of the Deputy State Superintendent for Finance and Administration, Maryland State Department of Education, 200 W. Baltimore Street - 6th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21201-2595, 410-767-0426 - voice, 410-767-0431 - fax, 410-333-6442 - TTY/TDD.