• Free and Reduced-Price Meals Available for Qualifying Families

    Taconic Hills Central School District participates in the National School Lunch Program providing nutritious meals for students free or at a reduced price. Free or reduced-priced meals are provided daily based on household size and income. All information is kept strictly confidential. Only one application needs to be submitted per household each school year. The Free and Reduced Price Lunch Application will be available in the Main Office of each school and is available to download here:

    Application PDF



    When filling out the application form, please pay careful attention to these helpful hints.

    SNAP/TANF/FDPIR case number:

    This must be the complete case number supplied to you by the agency including all numbers and letters, for example, E123456, or whatever combination is used in your county. Refer to a letter you received from your local Department of Social Services for your case number or contact them for your number. All children with the same case number may be listed on the same application. If anyone in your household receives SNAP, all children living in your household are eligible to receive free meals at school.

    Direct Certification:

    If you receive SNAP or TANF, send in the Eligibility Letter from the NYS Education Department instead of completing the application. Make a copy for your records.

    Foster Child:

    A child who is living with a family but who is under the legal care of the welfare agency or court may be listed on your family application. List the child's “personal use” income. This includes only those funds provided by the agency which are identified for the personal use of the child, such as personal spending allowances, money received by his/her family, or from a job. Funds provided for housing, food and care, medical, and therapeutic needs are not considered income to the foster child. Write “0” if the child has no personal use income.


    A group of related or non-related people who are living in one house and share income and expenses.

    Adult Family Members:

    All related and non-related people who are 21 years of age and older living in your house.

    Financially Independent:

    A person is financially independent and a separate economic unit/household when his or her earnings and expenses are not shared by the family/household.

    Gross Income:

    Is money earned or received by each member of your household before deductions. Examples of deductions are federal tax, State tax, and Social Security deductions.

    Examples of gross income are:

    • Wages, salaries, tips, commissions, or income from self-employment
    • Net farm income – gross sales minus expenses only – not losses
    • Pensions, annuities, or other retirement income including Social Security retirement benefits
    • Unemployment compensation  Welfare payments (does not include value of SNAP)
    • Public Assistance payments  Adoption assistance
    • Strike benefits
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Survivor's Benefits
    • Alimony or child support payments
    • Disability benefits, including workman's compensation
    • Veteran's subsistence benefits
    • Interest or dividend income
    • Cash withdrawn from savings, investments, trusts, and other resources which would be available to pay for a child's meals
    • Other cash income

    If you have more than one job, you must list the income from all jobs. If you receive income from more than one source (wage, alimony, child support, etc.), you must list the income from all sources.

    Current Income:

    Your income at the present time before deductions. Only farmers, self-employed workers, migrant workers, and other seasonal employees may use their income for the past 12 months reported from their 1040 Tax Forms.

    Income Exclusions:

    The value of any child care provided or arranged, or any amount received as payment for such child care or reimbursement for costs incurred for such care under the Child Care Development (Block Grant) Fund should not be considered as income for this program.

    If you have any questions or need help in filling out the application form, please contact:



    Phone:  518-325-2885

    Email: pstrompf@taconichills.k12.ny.us

  • Please contact Food Service

    at   518-325-2885


    Pam Strompf    
    Food Services Director