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Free and Reduced Meals

Children need healthy meals to learn. Avonworth School District offers healthy meals every school day at a free or reduced cost for qualifying families. 

Letter to Households

Application (English)

Application (SpanisH)

Free/Reduced Application
Instructions (English)

Free/Reduced Application
Instructions (Spanish)

Free and Reduced Applications are available in the each school office or parents can apply online on the Compass website.  Paper forms should be completed and returned to the school office or mailed to:  

Melissa Schad
258 Josephs Lane
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Families must submit a new application every year, even if your child was eligible last year. If your child was eligible for free and reduced meals in the 2022-23 school year, their eligibility will carry over for the first 30 days of school. You have until Oct 4, 2023 to submit a new application.

If your child was not eligible for free/reduced meals during the 2022-23 school year, you must submit an application before the first day of school or your child will be charged the total price for meals and you will be responsible for these charges. Free & reduced applications are available for submission during the entire school year to account for any changes to your economic status. 

There is an exception for families that received a Notice of Direct Certification letter for free meals. If your family received this letter, you do not have to complete the application. However, you do still have to let the school know if any children in your household are not listed on the Notice of Direct Certification letter that you received. 


If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Schad, Director of Food Services, at 412-369-8738  ext. 1612 or email at

If you need the free and reduced application in a different language, please apply online on the Compass website.

Free/Reduced Meals FAQ

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.