Free & Reduced Lunch Information

Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) proudly offers healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch meals to our students every school day in all of our buildings. Our children need these healthy meals to fuel their daily learning. This year, we are pleased to announce that all TCAPS students will receive free breakfast and lunch each school day, due to new State of Michigan legislation. 

Even though all students will receive free meals, we kindly request that all TCAPS families complete the CEP Education Benefits form.

This request is critical as the information obtained from these applications allows TCAPS to apply for grants and state and federal funds for programs that support all students. These programs are essential to TCAPS ability to continue offering all students a world-class education. Completing this form also will help reduce the amount of paid meals that the State of Michigan would have to cover by identifying more students who are eligible for the free and reduced meals program. Our hope is that reducing the costs for the State of Michigan would result in a long-term free meal program for public school students. 

Completing this application is vital to district funding. Please complete the application online at External  You can also print and deliver the application (found below) to your school or mail it to: 

TCAPS Food Service 
1180 Cass Road, 
Traverse City, Michigan 49685 

If you have additional questions, contact TCAPS Food and Nutrition Services at 231-933-1910.


Help Your School Have Access to Grants and Funding by Completing the Application

It is critical that all households complete the External LinkCEP Education Benefits Application.  This information determines the amount of money our schools receive from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-Risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc.  These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:

• Instructional supports (staff, supplies and materials, etc.)
• Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
• Professional learning for staff
• Parent and community engagement supplies and activities
• Technology
• Pandemic-EBT

Please complete and submit the application as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the application submitted is confidential. Without your assistance in completing and returning the application, our schools cannot maximize the use of available State and Federal funds. If we can be of any further assistance, please contact Food & Nutrition Services:

Tom Freitas
Steven Wilson


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.