The ODE CNP provides a
free online meal application to all families and sponsors of the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Special Milk Program. The application and instructions are currently available in English and Spanish.
The Confidential Household Application for Free and Reduced Meals is a single online application that is used to determine household eligibility for School Nutrition Programs using federal USDA guidelines; Qualifying Oregon Schools will also use the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines (EIG) to determine eligibility for Oregon's School Nutrition Initiatives. Separate applications are not required. Schools will notify households of application results directly.
Families access the application by phone, computer, or other web-enabled device. Completed applications are available to the sponsor by download, and are processed as usual. Only completed applications are accepted.
Download Instructions for sponsors and Postcards promoting the Online Free and Reduced-Price Applications are available below. All sponsors are encouraged to utilized this free and highly accessible option for their families.
Instructions for School District Online Household Application Download
Household Notification Letters
The letter templates from the USDA provides six different household letters combined into one document:
- Sharing Information With Medicaid/CHIP
- Sharing Information With Other Programs
- We Must Check Your Application
- We Have Checked Your Application
- Notice To Households Of Approval/Denial Of Benefits
- Notice Of Direct Certification
For the sponsors that opt in to the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines (EIG) for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, the Oregon EIG household letters contain information for households that will qualify under this program.
Oregon EIG Household Letters
Translated Eligibility Materials (USDA FNS) - Each language link is a translated packet that includes the household application, application instructions, a parent/guardian FAQ, and the template household letters.
Confidentiality/Direct Certification (SNAP & Foster)/On-line Application Resources
Direct Certification (SNAP & Foster) Resources
Visit the Direct Certification page for the most current SNAP & Foster Resources.
Direct Certification (Migrant & Homeless) Resources
The Migrant Education Program (MEP) ensures that migrant children fully benefit from the same free public education provided to other children. The Oregon Migrant Education Service Center provides a MEP directory of liaisons organized by Oregon region.
The McKinney-Vento Act's Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program, ensures that children and youth experiencing homelessness are provided a free, appropriate public education, despite lack of a fixed place of residence or a supervising parent or guardian. Every school district in Oregon has at least one designated liaison to provide direct assistance to families experiencing homelessness and unaccompanied youths.
Community Eligibility Provision and Provision 2
The special provisions options for School Nutrition Programs (NSLP and SBP) give sponsors the option to offer school meals at no charge to all students in those schools without collecting applications. Please follow this link for more information:
Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCI) Eligibility Documentation
This form documents meal benefit eligiblity for children in residence, sponsor with all foster students, or children in day programs who have "Other Source Categorical Eligible" documentation (Department of Human Services (DHS), foster, or are wards of the court) for each student.
For children attending but not residing in an RCCI (day students), their eligibility is determined using a household application or through direct certification.
Additional information for the CIPs form is found in the