August 27, 2004

Free and Reduced-Price Meal Programs

Eligible Students May Get a Break on Lunch

San Diego City Schools offers free and reduced-price meals to eligible students under the federal government’s National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.

Lunch, which is regularly $1.00 in elementary schools and $1.50 in secondary schools, will be free of charge to students whose parents qualify under the Free or Reduced Price Meal Gross Income eligibility Guidelines. Currently, SDCS does not charge students who qualify for the Reduced Price Lunch Program. A similar program called the Child Care Food Program is provided for eligible children in district-operated child development centers.

A parent or guardian must complete a Free or Reduced-price Meal Program application, which will be provided to students at the beginning of the year.

The district follows the California Income Eligibility Scale of Free or Reduced Price Meals to determine qualified applicants. Children whose families receive food stamps or California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWorks) benefits are automatically eligible, and their parents will be sent a notice of eligibility. Families with foster children might also be eligible and should contact the child’s school for more information.

Eligibility will be determined by Food Service central office or school administrators at each school site.

To find out if your income level qualifies for free or reduced price meals, or for more information, contact Food Services at (858)627-7301 or visit the district’s website at

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