June 14, 2012

Newly Released: 2012-2013 School Meals/Milk Household Eligibility Documents


The 2012-2013 Household Eligibility Documents (Letter to Household, Application, and Instructions) for the School-based Child Nutrition Programs are now available at http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/household_eligibility.htm.


These Household Eligibility Documents cannot be distributed to households any earlier than 4 weeks prior to the first day of school.

All schools participating in the National School Lunch Program must access the Electronic Direct Certification System though IWAS to determine which students are automatically eligible for free meals.  The file for SY12-13 will be available early July. Completing the required direct certification of students and notifying parents of this free eligibility BEFORE the distribution of the Household Eligibility Application will help to minimize duplicate applications from households already approved for free meal benefits.  Further guidance on the direct certification system is available at http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/dcs.htm.  

If you have any questions, please contact the Illinois State Board of Education, Nutrition Programs Division at (800) 545-7892 or cnp@isbe.net