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Meal Benefit Application

Apply for Free/Reduced Price Meals Here

All students at any Washington County Public School can apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits.  Because the on-line application process has proven to be faster and more accurate than a paper application; is available in multiple languages and can be completed on a computer or smartphone, we encourage everyone to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits using the website  However we do realize that there are still some parents without access to a smartphone or computer so we still continue to provide schools with a limited supply of paper applications. 

If your family is approved for free or reduced-price meals, your child(ren) will receive their schools meals at no cost.  The Maryland Legislature has set aside addition funding so that students approved for reduced-price meals receive their meals at no cost.

Apply any time during the school year after August 1st

  • All the information is confidential
  • Only complete one application for all your children who attend WCPS
  • Eligibility is based on family size and income guidelines developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • You will be mailed the eligibility status for your child(ren) once the online application is submitted and validated
  • Online applications are normally approved within a few days
  • Start your application today at

WCPS Special Programs:

Community Eligibility Provision Schools - Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) has 13 schools that are defined as Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools.  The Community Eligibility Provision is a non-pricing meal service option for schools with a high in low-income areas without collecting a meal benefit application form. 

The WCPS schools that are identified as CEP schools include the following: 

  • Antietam Academy
  • Bester Elementary
  • Eastern Elementary
  • Emma K Doub Elementary
  • Family Center
  • Hickory Elementary
  • Job Development Center
  • Jonathan Hager Elementary
  • Lincolnshire Elementary
  • Marshall Street Center
  • Pangborn
  • Ruth Ann Monroe Elementary
  • Salem Avenue Elementary

Every student attending one of these CEP schools will receive free breakfast and lunch each day one of these schools.  You do not need to complete a free and reduced price meal application unless you have other children that attend a non-CEP school.  However, if your child moves to a non-CEP school, you will need to complete an application at that time. 

Maryland Meals for Achievement Breakfast Schools - Maryland leads the country in ensuring that students can start the day ready to learn with the Maryland Meals for Achievement (MMFA) program.  MMFA provides state funding so that schools can offer breakfast in the classroom for all students at no charge. 

Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) has 20 schools that have been approved for MMFA. These schools include the following: 

  • Cascade Elementary
  • Clear Spring Elementary
  • Clear Spring High
  • Clear Spring Middle
  • E Russell Hicks Middle
  • Fountain Rock Elementary
  • Fountaindale Elementary
  • Hancock Elementary
  • Hancock Middle/High
  • Maugansville Elementary
  • North Hagerstown High
  • Northern Middle
  • Potomac Heights Elementary
  • Rockland Woods Elementary
  • Smithsburg Middle
  • South Hagerstown High
  • Springfield Middle
  • Western Heights Middle
  • Williamsport Elementary
  • Williamsport High

MMFA funding only provides a free meal at breakfast.  In order to receive a free lunch, you must complete a Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application.