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Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." The forms can be obtained and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.


Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.

Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.


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An application for free or reduced meals is available at your child’s school. Check with the Nutrition Services Cashier in the cafeteria or with the School Secretary in the office. To get free or reduced priced meals for your child(ren), carefully complete the application and return it to the cashier in the cafeteria. Do not return it to the teacher. You will receive a letter notifying you of your eligibility within 10 days of receipt of your application.

If you now get food stamps, be sure to include your food stamp number on the application. All applications should include all members of the household, income information or food stamp number, parent or guardian signature and social security number. If the guardian has no social security number then mark the appropriate box under the social security number space. Indicate which household members are students by writing in the school name and grade. If there is no income, write in zero but do not leave the income space blank. An application that is not complete cannot be approved and will be returned.

Other Information

If you are now getting Food Stamps or FDPIR for your child, that child can receive free meals. Confirmation letters are sent at the beginning of the year. If you don’t receive a letter and think you should have, please call (575) 527-5995.

If you have a foster child, that child may be eligible for benefits regardless of your income, but an application or proper documentation must be submitted

The following schools are all Community Eligibility Program Schools

Community Eligibility Schools serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications.

              Elementary Schools Middle Schools High School
Alameda Jornada Camino Real Rio Grande Preparatory Institute
Booker T. Washington Loma Heights Lynn  
Central MacArthur Mesa  
Cesar Chavez Mesilla Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy  
Columbia Mesilla Park Picacho  
Conlee Monte Vista Sierra  
Desert Hills Sonoma Vista  
Dona Ana Sunrise White Sands  
East Picacho Tombaugh Zia  
Fairacres University    
Hermosa Heights Valley View    
Highland White Sands    
Hillrise      


"If your child attends Las Cruces, Mayfield, Onate, Centennial, or Arrowhead Park high school, we urge you to fill out a lunch application to see if you may qualify for free or reduced priced meals."