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Family Assistance

The staff of Portage Township Schools believes in educating the whole child through our Social & Emotional Learning Program. We are here to provide our families with the services they need to be successful in their academic careers.

If you are homeless or living with another family due to economic hardship within PortageTownship Schools' district, please contact Dr. Michael Stephens at (219) 764-6004 or email [email protected]. Families may also contact the state for assistance at the following information:
Gina Woodward, Homeless Education Specialist
Indiana Department of Education
(317)232-9189  |  [email protected]

If you are in need of services, please contact your child's school and ask to speak with a School Adviser or Social Worker. Additional resources are available through United Way of Porter County. Visit their website for a list of available community resources.
Families are welcome to apply for Free & Reduced Meals at any point during the school year. Families who also wish to receive textbook assistance must complete a Free & Reduced Meal application. 
Free & Reduced Meal Applications are now available through our Titan app and web portal at Here, you can apply for assistance and monitor the status of your application. 
For assistance with filing the applications for Free & Reduced Meals, please call our PTS Food Services Department at (219)763-8008.
Free & Reduced Meal application
The Portage BackPack Program provides weekend meals to over 160 children across all 11 Portage Township Schools. If you would like to inquire about how your child can receive these weekend meals, please call or email your child's School Adviser. 

The BackPack Program is funded by community support as all BackPack Fund donations support feeding our children in Portage Township Schools.

Online donations can be completed at or mailed to Crisman Elementary School (Principal Scott Hufford, Attn: BackPack Program, 6161 Old Porter Road 46368).  Please make sure to specify the Portage BackPack Fundraiser in either the memo section of your check or in the comments section of the online donation form. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 
Emergency Broadband Assistance Program
The Emergency Broadband Assistance Program provides discounts on internet and other technology needs to qualifying families. Families with students who receive free/reduced lunch benefits qualify for this program and can receive up to $50 off of your monthly broadband internet service. This program is sponsored by the USAC and the FCC. For more information and to apply, visit
Family Promise of Porter County's mission is to help families experiencing homelessness and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Visit their website at for more information.