Free and Reduced Meals Application
Review the income guidelines to confirm eligibility and then fill out the application and return it to Food Services.
Online Application for Free and Reduced Meals (please use Google Chrome web browser to access)
All families can continue to pick up a free weekly meal box
As of Aug. 31, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the free meals program into the 2020-21 school year. This means all children ages 0 to 18, plus our Community Transitions students, will continue to receive free meal boxes. You will no longer need to provide a name or PIN at pickup. This is late-breaking, great news and differs from the informational meal flyer you will receive shortly in the family handbook mailing.
We encourage all families to pick up a free box of 14 meals and support our food services program and the Good Food Project in Bellingham Public Schools, as well as our local community. In every week’s box, we will provide a scratch-made entrée out of our Central Kitchen with ingredients sources from local farms when available. Now is a great time to bring the school cafeteria into your home with these meals. By picking up a box, you will keep farmers in business, district staff employed and families fed.
Every Wednesday starting Sept. 9, boxes will be distributed from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at 15 school locations and six community locations.
The school locations are as follows:
Alderwood Elementary School, 3400 Hollywood Avenue
Birchwood Elementary School, 3200 Pinewood Avenue
Carl Cozier Elementary School, 1330 Lincoln Street
Cordata Elementary School, 4420 Aldrich Road
Geneva Elementary School, 1401 Geneva Street.
Happy Valley Elementary School, 1041 24th Street
Northern Heights Elementary School, 4000 Magrath Road
Roosevelt Elementary School, 2900 Yew Street
Wade King Elementary School, 2155 Yew Street Road
Fairhaven Middle School, 110 Park Ridge Road
Kulshan Middle School, 1250 Kenoyer Drive
Shuksan Middle School, 2717 Alderwood Avenue
Whatcom Middle School, 810 Halleck Street
Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Avenue
Sehome High School, 2700 Bill McDonald Parkway
The six community locations are:
Evergreen Ridge Apartment Complex, 3451 Woburn Street;
Regency Park Apartment Complex, 2050 Fraser St.;
Sterling Meadows Apartment Complex, 512 Sterling Drive;
Sudden Valley Community Center, 8 Barn View Drive;
Villa Santa Fe Apartment Complex, 804 West Bakerview Road; and
Bakerview Mobile Park, 4015 Eliza Avenue.
Note on free and reduced priced meals application: Families should apply for free and reduced priced meals online as we start the school year. It is unclear how long the USDA funding for free meals will continue. Go to bellinghamschools.org/food-services for the Letter to Household which gives the income guidelines and a link to the online application.
Note on Pandemic EBT: Families have until Sept. 11 to apply for the Pandemic EBT food assistance program. Apply online at www.WashingtonConnection.org (choose “Pandemic EBT — Emergency School Meals Program” box in the Food Assistance section) or call the DSHS Customer Service Contact Center at (877) 501–2233. Language translation is available.
Special Dietary Restrictions
At this time we are unable to fill requests for special dietary needs. If you have questions about carbohydrates and allergens please email email@example.com and we will try to get you that information in a timely manner.
Please be flexible as plans may change based on access to food, staff and supplies; guidance from the health department; or orders from the governor to prevent COVID-19 from spreading further. This service is possible with the incredible efforts of our food services team and the generosity of Bellingham Public Schools Foundation.
Please continue to check back here for the most up-to-date information.
If you have questions related to our meal service, please fill out this online form, click “school meals” and submit the form; someone will respond soon.
Food Services Online Payment
Bellingham Public Schools provides an easy way to add money to a food account by making payments through the online system, MyPaymentsPlus. If a food account balance is low, it will only take a few minutes to add money using a credit/debit card or a checking account at any time of the day from anywhere. Payments will post within one-hour to the student’s food account. Families will be charged a small fee for making an online payment. Or, families can continue to pay for school meals with cash or check at their school.
For questions regarding meal payments, call (360) 676-6504 or email BPS.MealPayments@BellinghamSchools.org.
School Meals Donation Process
If you would like to make a donation to offset unpaid student meal debt across the district, Bellingham Public Schools recommends you do the following:
Tax deductible donations can be made to the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation (BPSF). They have established a fund to eliminate student meal debts, in accordance with Bellingham Public School’s Meal Charges procedure 6700.
How to Donate:
The easiest way to donate is online through BPSF’s website at bellinghamschoolsfoundation.org/eliminate-student-meal-debt. Select “make a gift.”
Gifts of cash or check are also welcome. Donations by check (made payable to the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation) can be accepted at your local school office, cafeteria or mailed to the address below. Cash donations should be made in person at the District Office:
Bellingham Public Schools Foundation
1306 Dupont St
Bellingham, WA 98225
For check donations, a tax-deductible receipt will be mailed to the address listed on the check. For cash donations please leave your name and address to receive a donation receipt.
Donations can be made to an individual student’s meal account when you supply the student’s name to your school Food Services cashier.