Help with School Meal Expenses

Aug 7, 2013

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With two kids in High Schools, Tulsa parents can spend over $100 a month of school lunches. That amount is even more, if the kids eat breakfast at school. Visiting the 'Lunch Lady' has gotten pricey.

There is some help,however, based on your income. Applications for the Free and Reduced Meal Program for the 2013-14 school year are now available at continuous learning sites. The applications will be available at all other school sites on Tuesday, Aug.13.

Printed applications are also available at the Tulsa Public Schools Education Service Center, 3027 S. New Haven Ave., and the TPS Child Nutrition office at Ross, 8934 E. Latimer St.

TPS encourages all households to fill out their applications online if possible. The online application is available at by clicking here.  Online applications can be processed in less than a minute, eliminating the possibility of an application becoming misplaced or lost in transit.

Applications are due by Sept. 20 for CLC schools and Oct. 4 for traditional sites.

If a student received free or reduced-price meals last year, he or she will continue to receive benefits only for 30 school days. Without an approved application for free and reduced-price meals, the student would have to pay full price for meals after the deadline.

Meal prices for the 2013-14 school year are as follows:

  • Elementary breakfast                    $1.10
  • Elementary lunch                             $2.05
  • Secondary school breakfast        $1.10
  • Secondary school lunch                 $2.55