There are several ways that yo0ur children may be eligible for meals free of charge:
Your child can get free meals if your household income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.
Another way is through "categorically eligibility". If one member of your household is currently receiving assistance (benefits) from one of the following Programs: Food Stamps, FDPIR, CalWORKS, or Kin-GAP, ALL children in the household are eligible for free meals. ( Remember, a household is defined as "... a group of related or non-related individuals, who are not residents of an institution or boarding house, but who are living as one economic unit."
Foster Children are categorically eligible for free benefits. an application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. However, a change in the regulations states that Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.