Free Breakfast and Lunch Program

West Hartford Public Schools Nutrition Services

Updates for Fall 2022

Due to an extension of regulations by the State of CT, student meals will remain FREE for ALL students at the start of the 2022-23 school year.


Free meals are not expected to last the entire 2022-23 school year.


The duration of the free meals will depend on the funding we receive from the State of Connecticut. We are estimating that this free-for-all meals period will last for the first 45-60 school days.


We will keep you updated when we have an anticipated end date.

Student ID number (all grade levels)

From the START of SCHOOL, all students are required to enter their student ID number at the register as they did before the pandemic.


For quicker transactions at the cafeteria (high school)

Grade 9-12 students can access the barcode generator on their mobile devices by accessing this link https://paypams.com/barcode, entering their Student ID number, and clicking ‘Generate Barcode.' They can save the barcode to their phones or go to the link each time they need it.

It is very important that families fill out free and reduced meal applications as soon as possible so that they are set to receive benefits when the free-meals-for-all period is over.

Three ways to apply!

  1. Complete an online application by clicking here or on red box below.
  2. Print an application from this link. Return the completed application to your school office or the Nutrition Services Office in Town Hall.
  3. Request an application from your school office. Return the completed application to your school office or the Nutrition Services Office in Town Hall.


You can also click on the "Free and Reduced Lunch" tab at https://www.whps.org/offices-and-programs/nutrition-services for applications and more information.

Notice of Direct Certification for Free or Reduced-Priced meals (Anticipated Week of 8/29/22)

Before you apply, please wait to see if you receive a Notice of Direct Certification for free or reduced-price meals the week of 8/29/22.


Children receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) or Medicaid (HUSKY A) benefits may be directly certified and automatically eligible for free meals without applying for benefits.


Some children who receive Medicaid (HUSKY A) benefits may also be directly certified and automatically eligible for reduced-price meals.

Link to West Hartford Nutrition Services website

See "Free and Reduced Lunch" button on the website to access "Translated Information" in multiple languages; also linked above

Sharing Information with other Programs 2022-2023

To save you time and effort, the information you provided on your Free and Reduced-price School Meals Application may be shared with other programs for which your children may qualify. We must have your permission to share this information with other programs.


Please complete this form (Addendum A English or Spanish) and return to your school for any additional benefits you are interested in receiving. By signing for the benefits, you are certifying that you are the parent/guardian of the children for whom the application is being made. Note: Submitting this form will not change whether your children get free or reduced-price meals.


If you have any questions, please contact your school office.