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School Year Lunch Applications and Parent Information
Online meal applications in English, Spanish and Arabic
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Complete your School Lunch Form--Many students in our district are eligible for free lunch, which is determined by responses on the School Lunch Form. Even if you do not think you are eligible, you should complete a form anyway because, in addition to funding for the school lunch program, responses on these forms are also used for other funding programs that help pay for other programs. Our mission is to provide nutritious, student-friendly, economical meals that enhance student ability to learn. We proudly serve breakfast and lunch to students daily, even in the summer, and ensure that students get nutritious meals that meet the standards set by the state of New Jersey and the Federal Government.
For Questions please contact the department through the listed contact information.Thank you.
Parent Lunch Application English
Parent Lunch Application Spanish
Parent Lunch Application Arabic
School Breakfast Program - Breakfast is free for everyone and is available every morning.
After-School Snack Program--Students in our CASPER program and our extended day programs provided with snacks at no cost to families.
Pay For Lunch: Register with My School Bucks to pay for school lunch online!
Note: We are no longer using PayForIt. You must register with My School Bucks to pay for your child's lunch. If you have any balance on PayForIt, it will be credited to your My School Bucks account automatically.

For the 2022-2023 school year, lunch meals will no longer be free unless: 
  • Your child is in one of the following CEP schools:
    (#8, #11, #12, #14, #15, #17, #20, CUNNINGHAM ECC, #22, #23, 23WS,
  • You complete an online lunch application in English, Spanish or Arabic on the Jersey City Public Schools website and are determined to be free or reduced.
  • You receive a letter stating that your child is directly certified because they are already receiving SNAP or TANF.
    Your child must pay $3.00 for a lunch meal
    You can put money onto your child’s lunch account using My SchoolBucks

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Program
The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Family Development (DHS-DFD) is the State agency authorized to administer economic assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) in the State of New Jersey. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) is the State agency authorized by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to administer and enforce the School Meals Programs in New Jersey. While DHS-DFD is the lead agency for the implementation of the special P-EBT benefit, both departments are working together to disseminate information and address frequently asked questions received from school districts. 
Who is eligible for P-EBT?
All children who were approved to receive free or reduced-price meals as of March 18, 2020, if not for their school closure due to COVID-19, are eligible to receive P-EBT. 
Where do I direct families that have questions about P-EBT benefits?
If families have questions about New Jersey’s P-EBT program, they should call 1-800-997-3333 or go to NJSNAP-P-EBT.