Free Meals for All Students

  • Gates Chili Central School District is pleased to provide free meals to all students in the 2023-24 school year!

    The Gates Chili Central School District believes one of the most important ways to help students perform better in their classrooms is to provide them with the nutrition necessary for the healthy growth of their minds and bodies. In the 2023-24 school year, all students enrolled at and attending Gates Chili schools are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch on school days at no charge.

  • Families do not have to complete any forms for their student(s) to receive free meals at school. However, it is imperative that families still complete an Income Eligibility Form, formerly known as the Free and Reduced Meal Application. As you may know, this application is tied to other important benefits for students such as fee waivers for advanced placement exams, dual-credit tuition assistance, state funding and more. State funding helps offset costs that keep local taxes reasonable while providing great programs and services for our students. Historically, this application has also been tied to P-EBT benefits. 

  • There are several ways to complete the Income Eligibility Form:

    • Go to MySchoolApps to complete a quick and easy electronic form. Search for Gates Chili Central School District by zip code or state then choose the Gates Chili Central School District-Household Income Eligibility Form from the dropdown menu (see image below). 

    • Download the Income Eligibility Form as a fillable PDF and submit a printed or electronic copy in one of three ways:
      • Via email to Director of School Nutrition Janice Phillips at
      • Via U.S. mail to Janice Phillips, Director of School Nutrition, Gates Chili Middle School, 2 Spartan Way, Rochester, NY 14624
      • In person with your student

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Other meal payments

  • Individual breakfast and lunch items such as snacks, ice cream and other items will still be available for purchase using student meals accounts. Those purchases are managed through the district’s purchasing platform, MySchoolBucks. Accounts can be accessed online or through the MySchoolBucks app available for both Apple and Android devices. This service allows families to view account balances, deposit funds using a credit card or electronic check and view purchase history. Families can also send in cash or check to be added to student meal accounts.

    For questions about free meals or school meal accounts, check out the Frequently Asked Questions or call (585) 247-5050 ext. 31402.