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Free & Reduced Meal Application

Throughout the pandemic, the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) passed school meal waivers through Congress offering schools the ability to provide a free breakfast and lunch meal to students at school to ease the financial strain of parents. Congress has not extended these waivers through the 22-23 school year and all meals will be returned to regular pricing.
Grades Breakfast Lunch
K-5 $1.50
6-12 $1.50 $3.20
Reduced Price, All Grades $0.30 $0.40
Households are encouraged to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits via Payschools Central or by filling out a paper copy of the Free & Reduced Meal Application. Paper copies of the application can be obtained at the Fairfield Administration building, in the office of your student's school, or by following the links below.  Eligibility for free and reduced-price meals is based on federal income guidelines or participation in other programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Ohio Works First. For additional information concerning the National School Breakfast or Lunch Program, please see the U.S. Department of Agriculture school lunch question and answer web page.
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Only one application will need to be filled out per family. Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE includes all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.


Having trouble accessing Payschools, or need help filling out your application? Click the links below for step-by-step instructions on how to use the site. You can also visit the Fairfield City Schools Administration Building or your student's school to complete a paper Free & Reduced Meal application at any time.

Fairfield City Schools Administration Building
4641 Bach Lane
Fairfield, OH 45014 

If you have questions, please call 513-858-7128


Payschools Central Instructions-English

Payschools Central Instructions-Spanish


Payschools Free & Reduced Meal Application Instructions-English

Payschools Free & Reduced Meal Application Instructions-Spanish