Verification of Free and Reduced Price School Meal Applications - Updated 11/12/2020*

The OPI is waiting for additional Federal guidance surrounding free and reduced eligibility data, economically disadvantaged and poverty indicators for SY 2021 and will send updated information once received. In the meantime, schools that participate in School Nutrition Programs National School Lunch Program (NSLP), including schools that may have started the school year using the School Nutrition Programs NSLP then changed to the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), must do the following during SY 2020-21:

  • Report student’s free and reduced eligibility (FRAM) determinations in AIM for meal applications received from households during 2020-21.
  • Check DCA for direct certifications at least three times during SY 2020-21 and document eligibility changes.
  • Verification - Schools that have received free and reduced-price meal applications from households during SY 2020-21 must conduct verification of 3% of applications on file and report the results in the MAPS system by February 28, 2021.


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Our Vision: To help every student succeed through equal access to nutritious and sustainable sources of food. 

Our Mission: To ensure that schools serve healthy meals, promote active lifestyles, and provide nutrition education through USDA's Child Nutrition Programs.

How can we help you? 

Call OPI School Nutrition Programs at 406-444-2501 or search our Login and Staff Directory page.

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The School Nutrition Programs unit administers school-based child nutrition programs throughout Montana on behalf of the Office of Public Instruction's Health Enhancement and Safety Division.  

School Nutrition Programs Checklist

Administrative Update Packet for Schools 2020-21

School Nutrition Programs 2019 Annual Report

Three-Year Administrative Review Cycle Waiver