Child Nutrition and Education Benefits Application

  • Free breakfast and lunch for all students will continue

    for the 2024-2025 school year.

    It is very important that ALL families fill out the Child Nutrition and Education Benefits Application (EBT) or the CEP form for the school listed below. 

    Please take a moment to complete the Child Nutrition and Education Benefits Application (formerly the School Meals/Summer EBT application), either online through Meal Magic, or download the application from this website and return it to your student’s school. You can also pick up an application at your student's school.

    This application is needed from all AAPS families because without this information, AAPS could lose important state funding for educational programs that our students are entitled to. These supplemental grants and programs have the potential to offer support and services for our students including, but not limited to: 

    • Instructional staff (ex. Reading Interventionists, Math, Academic and Behavior Aids) 
    • Counselors, Social Workers and School Nurses 
    • Professional Learning for staff 
    • Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities 
    • Technology 

    Here is the link to the Child Nutrition and Education Benefits Application.

    Why is AAPS requesting financial information? 

    The Child Nutrition and Education Benefits application determines the eligibility of a student or household. The total count of eligible students is used to determine funding amounts that will be made to a school. The more forms returned, the better potential funding for the school district. 

    What do I need to do? 

    Please complete the Application and return it either through the Meal Magic site, or via a hard copy to your school. Your assistance in helping us maintain our current funding levels is greatly appreciated. No matter your financial status, we need every family to fill out the application. 

    How will this information be protected? 

    All financial and student information is protected in the Meal Magic online submission and in locked files, as required by the state and federal government. 

    What else might my student or household be eligible for? 

    Based on the information you give on the application, your student may qualify for these programs: 

    • Summer Food/EBT 
    • Pay to Play or Pay to Participate for athletics 
    • Programs that provide food support 
    • Rec & Ed scholarships 
    • Potential household support for cable and internet 

    You must complete the Sharing Information with Other Programs form to grant permission for your eligibility information to be shared. 

    If you have any questions, please contact bollingere@aaps.k12.mi.us or call 734-994-2265. 

    Sincerely, 

    Mike DeVries                                                                       Liz Margolis

    Director, Chartwells Food Service                                       Executive Director, School Safety & District Operations

    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 the 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 online 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.
     
    How to Apply for School Meals & Summer EBT
    Frequently Asked Questions
     
    Translated versions of the Child Nutrition and Education Benefits applications is available at the link below. 
    The application applications 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)

    2024-2025 CEP Eligible Schools

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

    CEP (Community Eligiblity Provision) under the USDA 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".
     
    IMPORTANT
    If you have a student attending another school that is not listed as CEP,
    you will need to fill out a Child Nutrition and Education Benefits application for these students.
    Make sure that in the application lists 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 Child Nutrition and Education Benefits application to your child's school or
    Mail it back to:
    Ann Arbor Public Schools Food Service
    2555 S. State St.
    Ann Arbor MI 48104
     

     
    AAPS & Chartwells Meal Charging Policy

    The State of Michigan's free breakfast and lunch program only covers full meals. It does not cover à la carte items or individual milk purchase. In the event a student does not have sufficient funds in hand or in their account to pay for an à la carte item, the student will be allowed to charge for an à la carte item or milk to their account. This policy prohibits AAPS and food service staff from:

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

    Parents/guardians are encouraged to pay for the à la carte item 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 à la carte or milk only will be encouraged to apply for free or reduced priced meals.


    USDA NON DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

    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 http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint 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: bollingere@aaps.k12.mi.us

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.