Time to apply for free & reduced school meals

posted Aug 10, 2018, 2:00 AM by Granger Meador   [ updated Aug 21, 2018, 3:09 PM ]
Free and reduced meals
The start of the new school year means it is time for families of schoolchildren to apply for free and reduced meals. Almost half of the children attending Bartlesville Public Schools already qualify for a reduction in or elimination of the cost of breakfast or lunch. The district is confident even more children could receive this service if their parents would apply. Please share the link www.heartlandapps.com with those who might need this assistance or help them get the paper application from any school office or cafeteria.

Proper nutrition is critical for the development and academic performance of children; undernourished children are more likely to be less energetic and less able to concentrate. Having as many qualified children as possible participate is also important for the district to receive its fair share of funding for many grants and other programs that assist learning, including the federal E-rate program that helps pay for its computer network and services. Thus participation impacts the learning of all children, not just those who qualify for direct assistance.

Please help us get this information to those in need among your friends, family, and others you know and encounter in our community. Thank you!


Apply online in English

Safe & Secure
We use the highest level of data encryption available, meaning that your information is always safe and guarded. 

Private & Available
Apply online in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The online service is available 24/7 anytime, anywhere there is an Internet connection!

Your data is transmitted to the Bartlesville Schools Nutrition Office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing so you can receive benefits faster. 

Go Green
No more paper applications to complete and return to the school office! Applying online is so convenient and good for the environment as well!

CLICK HERE for a printable flyer in English & Spanish

Applyonline in Spanish

Seguro y fiable
Utilizamos el más alto nivel de encriptación de datos disponibles, lo que significa que su información esté siempre segura y protegida. 

Privado y Disponible
El servicio en línea está disponible 24/7 en cualquier momento y cualquier lugar donde haya una conexión al Internet. Usted puede completar la aplicación en la privacidad de su propia casa, en su escuela local, o en la Biblioteca Pública de la Escuela.

Sus datos se transmiten a la Oficina de Nutrición del mismo día en que se aplican, lo que permite un procesamiento rápido para que pueda recibir los beneficios con mayor rapidez.

Vamos Verde
No más solicitud en papel para completar y volver a la oficina de la escuela! La aplicación en linea es muy conveniente y bueno para el medio ambiente también!

CLIC AQUÍ para una versión imprimible


If you find the paper application option a bit frustrating, please try the ONLINE APPLICATION

Paper copies of the application are also always available to be picked up at each school office, each cafeteria, the Child Nutrition Office at Madison Middle School, or the Education Service Center.

All families are encouraged to complete this application and take advantage of the breakfast and lunch programs. Please allow 10 business days for processing paper applications for the Free and Reduced Price Meal program. Application may be made at any time during the school year. 

Who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals?     

  • All children in households receiving benefits from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are eligible for free meals. 
  • Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
  • Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
  • Children may receive free or reduced-price meals if their household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart:
Federal Eligibility Income Chart for School Year 2018-2019
 Household Size Yearly Income Monthly Income Weekly Income
2$30,451 $2,538 $586
4 $46,435$3,870$893
5$54,427$4,536 $1,047
6$62,419 $5,202$1,201
8$78,403$6,534 $1,508
Each additional person: $7,992$666$154

Please contact Frankie Ryan via email at RyanFE@bps-ok.org or by calling Frankie at 918-333-7966.

How do I know if my children qualify as homeless, migrant, or runaway?

  • Do the members of your household lack a permanent address?
  • Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement?
  • Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis?
  • Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? 
If you believe children in your household meet any of the above descriptions and have not been told that your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail Sarah Rowe, the Homeless Liaison Coordinator, at 918-336-3311 ext. 1061 or e-mail RoweSE@bps-ok.org.

Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

No. Just complete one online or paper application.

Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are already approved for free meals?

No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, PROMPTLY contact Frankie Ryan via email at RyanFE@bps-ok.orgor by calling Frankie at 918-333-7966.

Granger Meador,
Aug 10, 2018, 2:01 AM