Free & Reduced Lunch/Summer EBT Application

  • ALL families MUST fill out the FRL/EBT form except for the CEP schools listed below.

    Printable Applications can be found below if you would like to fill one out and send it with your child to school. Or paper copies are available at your student's school.

    • Helpful Hint: When filling out income you need to put your GROSS income (this is before taxes and benefits are taken out), not the amount that is deposited into your bank account.


    For online application, click on the AAPS FAMILY PORTAL below. From there, choose "Apply for Benefits" then "Application". 

    You can use your phone or tablet as well as a computer to apply!
    The on-line application is free, easy and the fastest way to apply for meal benefits!
     We suggest using Google Chrome to open the online application.
    To open in another browser (Safari, etc.) please make sure you are using the most up-to-date version

    Below is the Free and Reduced/Summer EBT Family Meal Application and Instructions 

    FRL/Summer EBT Parent Letter

    Free and reduced meal applications in other languages available at the link below. 
    The application are available in 49 different languages. If you need further assistance please contact the Food Service Office at 734-994-2265.


    CEP Schools - Families Must Fill out the Education Benefit Form (EBF)

    Allen - Abbot - Bryant - Carpenter - Lakewood - Mitchell - Pattengill - Pittsfield - Scarlett - Pathways

    CEP (Community Eligiblity Provision) under the USDA. This qualification is based on eligible household incomes under the Free and Reduced Lunch program compared to school enrollment.

    CEP Family Letter

    If your child attends one of these schools, all families MUST fill out an EBF (Education Benefit Form).

    Translated CEP Letter
    EBF Forms for each CEP School
    Translated EBF Forms
    Please click on the AAPS FAMILY PORTAL Link and choose "Apply for Benefits" then "Education Benefits Form".
    If you have a student attending another school that is not listed as CEP,
    you will need to fill out a Free and Reduced Lunch application for these students.
    Make sure that in the FRL application you list students who also attend a CEP school.
    If you need a paper application mailed to you, please contact the Food Service Office at: 734-994-2265
    You can return the paper Free and Reduced meal application to your child's school or
    Mail it back to:
    Ann Arbor Public Schools Food Service
    601 W. Stadium Blvd.
    Ann Arbor MI 48103

    AAPS & Chartwells Meal Charging Policy

    In the event a student does not have sufficient funds in hand or in their account to pay for a school meal, the student will be allowed to charge a meal to their account. This policy prohibits AAPS and food service staff from:

    • identifying students who cannot pay for a school meal or owe a negative balance in any way such as wristbands, or handstamps,
    • make students perform chores or work to pay for their meals,
    • dispose of a meal after it has been served due to an unpaid meal balance,
    • have direct communication with students about their unpaid balance unless all communication channels have been exhausted with the parent/ guardian, and
    • discuss negative meal balance with the student in the presence of other students.

    Parents/guardians are encouraged to pay for the charged meal as soon as possible, as all unpaid balances must be paid in full by the end of each semester (or trimester). Parents/guardians of students who charge meals will be encouraged to apply for free or reduced priced meals.


    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color,national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program infromation may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form' (AD-3027) found online at filing cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

          1) Mail: Food Service Office 601 W Stadium BLVD, Ann Arbor, MI 48189

          2) Email:

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.