Chesterfield County Public Schools provides nutritious breakfasts and lunches in every school. Based on household size and income, students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program and/or the School Breakfast Program.
Online submission of applications is available at http://www.heartlandapps.com/. Paper application forms will be distributed to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free or reduced-price meals for their children. Applications are also available at each school and at Central Office.
Information that families submit is entirely confidential, as is the process for obtaining a meal. Going through the cafeteria line is exactly the same for students receiving free or reduced-price meals as it is for students who do not qualify for the program.
Only one application per family is required. The information households provide on the application will be used for determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.
Household size and income determine whether a family qualifies for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. (A chart at the end of this news release includes qualifying requirements.)
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, a fiscal technician will review applications and determine eligibility. An application for free or reduced-price meals cannot be approved unless it is complete. Households dissatisfied with the ruling of the eligibility determining official may wish to discuss the decision with the official on an informal basis. Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either verbally or in writing to:
Christina Berta, Chief Financial Officer
7610 Whitepine Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23237
Households may apply for free or reduced price meals at any time during the school year. If a household is not eligible now but has a change, such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, becomes unemployed or qualifies for SNAP or TANF, the household should contact the school for an application. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.