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School Meals and Classroom Snacks

School Meals at Gatewood

Good nutrition throughout the school day supports:

  • academic achievement
  • a positive social and learning environment at school
  • student health

To support our students’ learning and health, Gatewood promotes good nutrition throughout the school day:

  • Birthday celebrations: Teachers determine whether and how birthdays will be celebrated in their classroom. If food is allowed by your child’s teacher for birthdays.
  • Snacks, other classroom celebrations, and all-school events: Food offered to students at other times during the school day will make a positive contribution to children’s health and diets, with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and other healthful foods.
  • Classroom snacks are generally donated by families (coordinated by your class GatorAide or teacher) and supplemented by the PTA.
  • Classroom celebrations and all-school events will most often focus on activities and may sometimes include a healthful snack.
  • Incentives: When used at Gatewood, incentives will most often be non-food items, privileges, or activities.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to improve nutrition at Gatewood. We wish to create the best learning environment possible for children. According to research done by RULER at Yale, a healthy diet is one of three essentials to promote success in learning. The three are diet, exercise, and sleep.

Free and Reduced-Price Meals Information

Learn more about SPS Culinary Services

Student Meals at School

All students will receive meals at no cost during the entire 2021-22 school year.


SPS students are offered three meal options (one hot and two cold) each school day.

Due to national shortages, the district is unable to tell school cafeterias which hot food options will be provided in advance. The district monthly menu has been paused because it does not provide up-to-date information. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Free Meals for Students

Please note 2021-22 School Year: Seattle Public Schools will provide meals for all students, no cost throughout the school year.

Your child may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. In all Seattle schools, students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals receive meals at no cost.

You must reapply every year. Qualification is based on household income.

Students who qualify receive additional benefits including reduced fees for the following programs.

  • Event Fees
  • Field Trips
  • Advanced Placement Tests
  • Running Start Books
  • Associated Student Body (ASB) Fees
  • Pre-College Exams (PSAT/SAT/ACT)
  • College Application Fees

Application Free and Reduced-Price Meals

You can apply for free and reduced-price meals with our secure online form. Applications are available in August for the following school year. After your application is processed, you will receive a letter notifying you if your child is eligible.

Find your household size on the list below. If your income is less than the income listed for your household size, you may qualify for meal benefits and should complete an application.

Families are responsible for the cost of student meals before qualifying for free and reduced-price meals.

Apply Online!

Downloadable Forms

Completing the online form is the fastest way to send us your application.

You also can print and mail the application to the district office. Applications also are available at your school’s lunchroom, main office or at the John Stanford Center.

Once your application is completed, it can be dropped off at the school lunchroom or mailed to:

Seattle Public Schools Culinary Services
MS 32-372
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124

Household Size

Household Size and Monthly Gross Income
(gross income is total pay before taxes or other deductions)

1 person: $1,986
2 people: $2,686
3 people: $3,386
4 people: $2,043
5 people: $2,393
6 people: $2,743
7 people: $3,093
8 people: $3,443

Each additional household member add +$700

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the school meal prices for the 2021-22 school year?

Free meals are provided to all students.

Elementary and K-8: Breakfast FREE and Lunch FREE

Middle School: Breakfast FREE and Lunch FREE

High School: Breakfast FREE and Lunch FREE

How do I apply for free or reduced-priced meal benefits for my child?

SPS Culinary Services uses an online application or paper application to determine a student’s eligibility.

In all Seattle schools, students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals receive meals at no cost.

The application is available to families beginning in mid-August annually. Processing of meal benefit applications may take 7-10 days.

Please complete the current year application as early as possible to ensure your student’s eligibility is recorded early in the school year.

You must complete the application every year.

How do I know if my child qualifies?

Once processing is completed, families are mailed a letter sharing the student’s eligibility.

Please save this letter for requests to the school for discounts on field trips, athletic or testing fees. Families that need a replacement letter may contact Culinary Services at 206-252-0675.

My child has a special dietary need. May they still have school lunch?

Yes. Please submit a Diet Prescription Form to ensure that proper foods are available for your child.

Forms may be requested by contacting Culinary Services at 206-252-0675 or you can download the Diet Prescription forms online.

Completed forms can be dropped off at the school lunchroom or mailed to:

Seattle Public Schools Culinary Services
MS 32-372
P.O. Box 34165
Seattle, WA 98124