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Meal Applications

California launched the Universal School Meals Program, providing public school students in the state a free school lunch for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

Although meals are free for all students for the 2021-22 school year, the free and reduced program provides so much more than just meals for students. As you can see in the graphic below, there are many programs that are enhanced by the free and reduced program.  more than meals

Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine your child’s eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits. Families will need to submit a separate application to the high school if they have a student enrolled there.

Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, foster children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses.  The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes – this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.

For applications in other languages, please see column on right side of this page. 

  • If you do not wish to do the online application, you may download the application, complete and return to your child’s school.
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If you wish to turn in a hard copy of the application vs. apply online, simply download the application (see column/box on right of screen), complete and return to your child's school.

funding more than just meals

School Funding

Every student who is under a certain income, learning English, or in foster care generates 20% more funding. In districts where at least 55% of students are high-need, they receive even more funding. The dollars generated by high-need students are spent to increase or improve services for low-income students, English learners and foster youth. Even if your child doesn't plan to eat school lunches, it is important to fill out the free/reduced priced meal program application to ensure our schools and families receive the available resources.  

Meal Applications