At the beginning of the school year, one of the seemingly hundreds of forms that parents have to fill out is an application for free and reduced school meals. The Maine Department of Education knows that family's finances change, and your family can apply for free and reduced school meals at any time of the year.

If your family has been impacted by the partial government shutdown, you can apply for free and reduced school meals for your school age children using this form. Children who are hungry have difficulty learning.