Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs) Information

Fri, 10/08/2021 - 7:17am

Many HCPSS families are eligible to participate in the Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMs) program, which provides children with a wide range of benefits, including free or discounted college tuition, testing and application fees, academic and athletic program fees, and many others in addition to free or discounted meals. Moreover, FARMs participation rates directly impact schools’ eligibility to receive valuable federal Title I funding, which provides resources that play a key role in student success.

We urge Elkridge families to check your eligibility and complete the FARMs application, regardless of whether you have previously participated in the program. We encourage you to enroll by Sunday, October 10th, so your application can be reconciled by October 31, 2021. This is when Title I services for the 2022-2023 school year will be determined by our number of qualifying students by that date. Many families have been financially impacted by the pandemic and may now be eligible for FARMs.

October 31 Deadline Impact
FARMs data as of October 31, 2021 is reported to the federal government. The school’s final count of students qualifying for FARMs as of that date will determine:  

  • The schools receiving Title I status for the following school year
  • The type of Title I program the school is eligible to operate
  • The amount of funding the school is eligible to receive

Here are a number of support staff available at our school:

Please visit the HCPSS website for more information about the Title I program and find out how to complete the FARMs application.