Applying for free or reduced-price student meals is easy through the Albuquerque Public Schools website.
More than 30% of children in New Mexico face hunger and more than 90,000 families with kids receive food assistance, according to the Roadrunner Food Bank statistics.
Breakfast and lunch are free for all participating students attending the 94 APS schools that qualify for Community Eligibility Provisions where no applications are needed. Here is a link to the schools listed. Regular prices for breakfast is $1.25 and lunch at $2, while reduced pricing is 30 cents and 40 cents, respectively.
For students who do not go to these 94 schools, they still may qualify for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application.
- Students whose families meet the income requirements
- A student’s household receives benefits from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Student’s household receives benefits from Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- Student’s household receives benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (NM TANF)
- The student is in foster care
- The student participates in their school’s Even Start program
- Students who are homeless, runaways or migrants
The application is available online in English or Spanish, and only one application per family is needed. Families are encouraged to apply before Sept. 6. Paper applications are available at school administration offices that are not CEP qualified, or folks can fill out the application here.
For more information, call 505-345-5661, *38206 or visit the link here.