Apply for Free/Reduced Meals
What is NJEIE?
The Working Class Families' Anti-Hunger Act, passed in 2023, increases the eligibility threshold in New Jersey to include students from families in a slightly higher income bracket. Those from a household with an annual income below 200% of the federal poverty level will now be eligible, as opposed to the current 185% or lower threshold. Households not deemed federally eligible may qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the New Jersey Expanded Income Eligibility guidelines.
Meal Balance Transfers / Refunds
If your student is graduating and has a school meal (cafeteria) credit balance, the Business Office will transfer that credit to another student in your household upon request. We will refund your credit balance if you do not have another student enrolled. Please allow 3-4 weeks for a check to be processed. Please complete the MHRD Transfer/Refund Form to request a transfer OR a refund.
What's In a Meal?
- Meat/Meat Alternate
Students are allowed to decline two (2) of the five (5) required food components. But they must select at least 1/2 cup of either fruit or 1/2 cup of vegetables or 1/2 cup of fruit/vegetable combination.
After taking the required 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable serving, students must select at least two (2) additional components in full amounts. The lunch is priced as a unit; therefore, a la carte prices will be charged if the student does not choose enough food items to comprise a meal. School staff cannot require a student to take a particular food component (except the required 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable). The student chooses to select three, four, or all five components.
Dezaray K. Semer, Determining/Verifying Official Gail M. Libby, Hearing Official Alicia Valverde-Mesa, Confirming Official