Eligibility Certification and Verification

Eligibility Certification 

All schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and/or School Breakfast Program (SBP) must make free and reduced price meals available to eligible children and all schools and institutions participating in the free milk option of the Special Milk Program (SMP) must make free milk available to eligible children. 

Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application Forms School Year 2016-2017 

The Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application prototype and related materials for School Year 2016-17 are below.  For detailed instructions on the eligibility determination process, please read the materials under Guidance. 

 Required materials that must be provided to households: 

Optional application-related materials that may be provided to households:



Verification is confirmation of eligibility for free and reduced priced meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP).  Annually, each School Food Authority (SFA) must select and verify a sample of applications approved for meal benefits.  The results of verification must be reported to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) in the School Food Authority Verification Collection Report (SFA-VCR). 

The verification sample must be selected from households that have submitted an approved "family/household application" annually as of October 1.  Verification is not required for children who have been certified for free meals under Direct Certification.