Free & Reduced Price Meals, Fee Waivers

Free and Reduced Price Meals
Students from low income families can get free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches by completing a "Household Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals" form. Use links below to view income guidelines to see if you qualify. Forms below
English | Spanish

New applications should be completed every year in August before school starts; however, applications can be filled out at any time. You may fill out applications starting August 1 of each school year. Most applications are processed in a few days, but it may take up to 10 days. Parents/guardians will be notified by mail when the application has been processed.

Students who are homeless (McKinney-Vento), in foster care, or migrants are eligible through direct certification, which means students/families may not need to fill out an application. 

Free and Reduced Price Meals. English | Spanish | Other Languages
Be sure to check item #7 to have school fees waived.  

If you are filling out the Free and Reduced Price Meals form in a language other than the English or Spanish, you will also need to fill out this Consent to Share Information form to have fees waived. English | Spanish

Families only need to fill out one form for all children.

School Fees
Students can also have many school fees waived by filling out the "Household Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals" form AND the check the boxes on item #7 "Other Benefits" on that form or the "Consent to Share Information" form. The form is linked above. This includes fees such as:
  • Course fees
  • Athletic fees
  • Field Trips (may not include overnight trips)
  • PSAT, AP, Accuplacer
  • Homecoming & Prom tickets
  • College application fees, SAT, and ACT tests (additional paperwork may be required; see your counselor or a Future Ready Specialist)
Fees that have already been paid before an application has been processed are usually not refundable.

How Does It Actually Work for Students?
Once the application(s) are processed, students will go through the lunch line, enter their student number, and not be charged for meals.

For other fees, students go to the school cashier, tell the cashier what they are there for (for example “I need to pay my course fee for ceramics”). They will receive a receipt $0.00 that shows the fee has been paid.

Ways to Access and Fill Out the Form(s):
  • Fill out in Skyward Family Access. The Consent to Share form is simply a box that is checked in Skyward, not a separate form. Instructions for filling out the form in Skyward: English | Spanish
  • Complete a paper application (linked above) and take to Tahoma Central Services Center across from Rock Creek Elementary School: 25720 Maple Valley Black Diamond Road, SE, Maple Valley, WA 98038 OR turn in to the Tahoma High School Main Office or Future Ready Center.

To Get Help or Have Paper Application Forms Mailed to You, Contact:
Kathryn Strojan
[email protected] 

Lara Lindersmith
[email protected]

Backpack Buddies
Backpack Buddies provides additional food for students. To learn more, visit their website

For more information about Tahoma’s Free/Reduced-Price meal program, click here.
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