Nutrition and Wellness Programs

SY 2014-2015 School-Based Child Nutrition Programs

bullet Household Eligibility Applications (HEA)

Per USDA regulations, household eligibility applications for meal or milk benefits may not be distributed to households earlier than 4 weeks prior to the first day of school. Additionally, schools are required to use the Electronic Direct Certification system in order to determine households that receive SNAP/TANF/Medicaid benefits or whom might be foster children, as such are automatically eligible for free meals. By determining households that are eligible for free meals through the Electronic Direct Certification system, a school would only provide household eligibility application packets to those households not found in that system. Please access the Electronic Direct Certification system webpage for more information.