Online Application for Free and Reduced Meals


Free and Reduced Meal applications can be completed at any time during the school year. The online application requires the same information as the paper application.
To access the application:
- Sign into the Parent Portal. For issues accessing the Parent Portal, please visit our FAQ
- Click on “More” and then “Meal Benefits”
- Follow the step by step instructions

Paper applications are available in your school’s main office or by clicking here.


Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a federal provision that allows individual schools to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students. In the past, our schools have not met the thresholds to participate in this program. This school year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) expanded access to the CEP by lowering certain qualifying thresholds. This federal change, combined with funding support from the State, will open a window of opportunity for many students across New York State to receive meals at no cost.


As a result of this change, students enrolled in the following buildings will be able to receive one FREE breakfast and lunch each school day beginning on December 1, 2023:

  • High School East,
  • High School West,
  • Paumanok Elementary School, and
  • Otsego Elementary School.

The District does not determine which buildings meet the new threshold and which do not. Offering free meals to all students in a particular building is the result of a calculation and data elements that are determined by the NYS Education Department and outside the District’s control. Unfortunately, not all of the District’s buildings qualify. However, we will continue to revisit eligibility each year to determine if additional buildings meet the eligibility requirements.


Questions? Contact the Food Services Office, 631-592-3023 or email