The Pulaski County Special School District is committed to providing well-rounded and nutritious meals to its students. Part of ensuring that all of its students receive breakfast and lunch is making sure families know all of their options to pay for these meals.


PCSSD accepts Free and Reduced Lunch applications throughout the year. The application is available online at Once the application is received, a determination of eligibility will be made within 10 days. Until you receive a written notification letter from the Student Nutrition Department that your student is eligible for free or reduced prices meals, full payment must be made for each meal received. Notification from any other source, or any means other than written, is not valid.


“Families have a lot of stressors in their lives,” said Student Nutrition Director Regena English. “We want to eliminate the stress of trying to figure out what to pack for your kids lunch box or how to afford a school lunch. The dollar doesn’t quite go as far as it used to, but one thing that should not be in jeopardy is a student’s opportunity to get a healthy school meal. We are here to help you and we want to help you make sure your student is fueled to learn.”


Completing your application can help in many areas beyond just free or reduced-price meals. These include:

  • Increased funding for schools to ensure students received the support they need and deserve

  • Discounts on fees associated with applying for college

  • Discounts on fees associated with academic tests such as the ACT, SAT and Advanced Placement (AP)

  • Discount on fees associated with participating in athletics programs in the district

  • Increased technology funds to improve internet access, wireless and network services

  • Receive a discount on fees associated with some Pulaski County Community Education courses


A dozen PCSSD schools have qualified for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program for the 2022-2023 school year. CEP is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas that allows high-poverty schools to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting free and reduced lunch applications. The participating schools this year include Cato Elementary, College Station Elementary, Crystal Hill Elementary, Daisy Bates Elementary, Harris Elementary, Joe T. Robinson Middle, Landmark Elementary, Lawson Elementary, Mills University Studies High, Mills Middle, Oak Grove Elementary and William Jefferson Clinton Elementary.


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Pulaski County Special School District spans more than 600 square miles in central Arkansas and requires highly skilled and passionate personnel to adapt educational policies and personalization to 26 schools. Every school is accredited by the Arkansas State Board of Education. PCSSD has served schools across Pulaski County since July 1927.


PCSSD is committed to creating a nationally recognized school district that assures that all students achieve at their maximum potential through collaborative, supportive and continuous efforts of all stakeholders.


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