Meals are no longer free for students. Must complete a application and be approved.

  • School meals are no longer free for all students.   

    The waivers that provided free meals to all students have expired and Congress did not give USDA the authority to provide meals to all students at no cost.  Families can apply for free and reduced-price meals at: .  These applications greatly assist the district in receiving other federal funding, including Title I funding.  Meal applications can also benefit families by reducing the cost of activity fees, ACT/SAT testing fees, along with other cost-saving benefits.  

Free and Reduced Lunch Application


    Free or Reduced meal benefits DO NOT rollover from year to year you must re-apply every year. If you qualified for Free or Reduced Meal benefits during the previous school year, you will receive a 30 school day grace period. Your benefits will expire after the first 30 school days of new year if a new application has not been received. Students will be charged full price for lunches if no application is received by the 30 day cut off. Charges will continue until the application is received, entered, and approved for benefits. These meal charges will not be reversed, and will become the parents' obligation to pay.

    Applications are accepted anytime during the school year. If your household income changes at anytime during the school year and you think you may qualify for Free or Reduced Meal benefits, you can apply Online or submit a Free/Reduced application at your students school or to the Child Nutrition Dept. at the Hughes Administration Building, 806 N. Washington St., Bismarck.

    When students are approved for Free or Reduced meals, it covers reimbursable meals and does not include any Ala-Carte items. Ala-carte is an additional food item that can be purchased at full price if a student has funds in their lunch account or cash to cover the cost. There is no charging allowed for al-carte items.

    Applications can be submitted in one of the following ways:

    1. Apply now online at
    2. Drop it off at your child’s school (M-F, starting the 1st Monday in August) 
    3. Drop it off at the Hughes Administration Building at 806 N Washington St. (office hours are M-F from 7:30 am-4 pm)
    4. Mail to: BPS Child Nutrition Dept., 806 N. Washington Street, Bismarck, ND 58501.  

    2022-23 PAPER VERSION NOW AVAILABLE. Click this link to print a paper copy of the 2022-23 Free or Reduced Meal Application. NOTE: Applications can’t be entered into the system until after the 1st week of August each year.