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Eligibility requirements to receive free and reduced meals

Widefield School District 3 announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced-price meals served under the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP) Local school officials will use the following household size and income criteria for determining eligibility.

Household Size

Free Guidelines – Annual Income

Reduced Guidelines – Annual Income

























For each additional person:



















Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

Applications for free and reduced price school meals, instructions and an informational letter to households are available at each school, the Nutrition Services Office or online at Only one application is required for all children in the household. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data.


Applications from households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits or Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF/Colorado Works, Basic Cash Assistance or State Diversion) benefits need to provide the respective case number and the signature of an adult household member. Eligibility for free school meals is extended to all children in the household when the application provides a case number for any household member.


Households that qualify based upon income must provide the names of all household members related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives or friends), the amount of gross income each household member receives, the frequency and source of pay, the signature of an adult household member and the last four digits of that adult household member’s Social Security number—or check the box if the adult household member does not have a social security number. Widefield School District 3 or program officials may verify the information on the application at any time during the school year.


Households with children who are eligible under the Head Start, homeless, migrant, or runaway programs should contact Widefield Nutrition Services for assistance in receiving meal benefits. To complete an application, the household must mark the relevant box to indicate their appropriate eligibility and the signature of an adult household member is required.


Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free school meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free school meals regardless of income. If a household has only foster children in the home and wishes to apply for free school meals, the application should be completed using the instructions for households with foster children only. If a household has foster and non-foster children living with them and wishes to apply for free school meals, the application should be completed using the instructions for households with foster and non-foster children residing in the home. Including foster children as household members may help other children in the household qualify for meal benefits. If the foster family is not eligible to receive meal benefits, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free school meals.


An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application and instructions.


When determined by Widefield School District 3, that members of a household are receiving assistance from SNAP, TANF or FDPIR, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free school meals. If the household receives such notice, no application is required for free or reduced price school meal benefits. If any children in the household were not listed on the eligibility notice or not listed on the application, the household should contact Widefield School District Nutrition Services @ 719-391-3560 to have benefits extended to all children in the household.


When determined by Widefield School District 3, that an individual child is categorized as homeless, migrant, or runaway or is enrolled in an eligible Head Start program, households will be notified of the child’s eligibility for free school meals. For any children not listed on the eligibility notice, the household should contact Widefield School District Nutrition Services @ 719-391-3560 about eligibility under one of these programs or should submit an application for other children.


Widefield School District 3 will notify households of their children’s eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals. The eligibility is valid for the current school year and a carryover period of up to 30 operating days into the next school year. When the carryover period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, Widefield School District 3 will not send a reminder or a notice of expired eligibility and the children must pay full price for school meals. Households notified of their children’s eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals must contact Widefield School District 3 if they choose to decline meal benefits.


Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please contact your school district.


Under the provision of the free and reduced-price school meal policy Widefield Nutrition Services will review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent is dissatisfied with the decision, a request may be made to discuss it with the determining official.  A formal appeal may be made either orally or in writing to Dennis Neal for a hearing to appeal the decision. Widefield School District 3 has a copy of the complete free and reduced-price school meal policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.


Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.  The household may complete an application if any household member(s) have a decrease in income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size, become eligible for SNAP, TANF or FDPIR benefits or become categorically eligible.


Non-discrimination statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights

regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or


(3)       email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Yellow Stars with the word NEW in poka dots

NEW website launched July 1, 2019

We are very excited to announce a NEW website for Widefield School District 3 and our schools that launched on July 1, 2019

Why the change? We have refocused the purpose and goals of our website to better meet the needs of our community. Here are a few things we looked at:

  • Mobile First Design
    • All pages are designed to work natively with mobile devices
  • Competitive Pricing
    • WSD3 will see savings in excess of $4,000 per year in years 2-5
  • ADA Compliant Design
    • Design process makes accessibility a priority, not an afterthought

We hope you enjoy the refreshed look of our websites as well as ease of use in navigating content.

Here are some more new features you can look forward to:

  • Two-Click Rule: You can find information within two clicks
  • Call Out Boxes: You will see 9 boxes front and center that give you direct access to popular parent information
  • News Section: Stay in the know about happenings in your child’s school and be able to look back at previous posts throughout the school year

The district and our schools will continue to add content to our websites throughout the summer and as we start the beginning of the school year. We greatly appreciate your patience as we transition. Thank you!

Pikes Peak Mechanical Contractors Association posed with Superintendent Scott Campbell after making a donation

MiLL receives $2,000 donation

The Pikes Peak Mechanical Contractors Association (PPMCA) donated $2,000 toward construction programs at the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL). The PPMCA is one of the MiLL's newest sponsors who is helping to fund summer programs taking place for students learning about the trades industry. 

  • Community Events

Sept. 28, 2019 @ 10:30 a.m. 

The annual Widefield School District 3 Community Day will take place Saturday, September 28, 2019, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Parade Route: The parade begins in the Big R parking lot on Fontaine Boulevard, heads west on Fontaine, continues north on Security Boulevard, and turns east on Main Street, finishing up at C.A. Foster Stadium behind Widefield High School at approximately 11:30 a.m. The streets along the parade route will be closed from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. We apologize for this inconvenience to your business and hope that you can join in our community celebration.

We will be selling lunch for $4 (hotdog, chips, and drink) at the stadium immediately after the parade until 12:45 p.m. Proceeds benefit Fountain Valley Scholars. Concessions open at 1 p.m. 

Vendors will also be set up selling goods at the Widefield Parks and Recreation Fall Festival.

The rivalry football game between Mesa Ridge and Widefield high school starts at 1:00 p.m.
Entrance to the game is $3. 

Four students from the MiLL are at a booth at the Colorado Association of School Boards
  • Awards & Recognitions

MiLL wins CASB student achievement award

The manufacturing and construction programs at the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) won the Colorado Association of School Board’s (CASB) Student Achievement Award.

Only two programs in the state were selected to be showcased at the 2018 CASB Convention at the Broadmoor on Friday, December 7, 2018. The programs at the MiLL, a partnership between Widefield and Peyton school districts, were awarded for providing career pathways for students.

Nikki Carter, Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director for WSD3, spoke to a room full of school board members, superintendents, and administrators from around the state about the impact the MiLL is making in students’ lives and Colorado’s economy.

“As the MiLL continues to thrive, we look forward to expanding programs that will contribute to the community, increasing partnerships that benefit the learning environment and most of all, helping students find purpose and value in their education.”

Four students from the MiLL set up a booth to exhibit current and future projects in both cabinet manufacturing and construction. One of projects is a Home Build project with Careers in Construction through the Housing and Building Association of the Pikes Peak region. Starting in early spring, students at the MiLL will be building a modular home and will be utilizing many of the skills they have learned including carpentry, plumbing and electrical installation.  The construction students have been provided blueprints by Clayton Homes and are currently in the stages of building a scale model. Once the supplies are delivered in spring, the students will be prepared for the actual home build. The cabinet making students will be designing and building the cabinets to be installed in the home as well.

For more information on the MiLL, please visit


  • CASB
  • MiLL