Free and Reduced Priced Meals

Apply for Free & Reduced Price Meals

As these are federally subsidized programs, your child may be eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

San Diego Unified participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. As these are federally subsidized programs, your child may be eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

If you would like to apply for the program, please click the link above to complete a Free & Reduced-Price Meal Application online. Application packets are also available at your child's school office, cafeteria, or the central Food and Nutrition Services office located at 6735 Gifford Way Room 5, San Diego, CA 92111. Please Note: If you are filling out a paper application, it must be complete and on an original form in order to process your application. Faxes and copies are not accepted. 

If you have any questions regarding this program please call 858-627-7328. 

CEP and Provision 2 Schools

Families of students who attend Community Eligibility Provision and Provision 2 schools do not have to complete meal applications as all students receive free meals. View the current list of CEP and Provision 2 schools.

Meal Prices

Student entering PIN number to pay for lunch.

Lunch

Elementary School - $2.25
Middle/High School - $2.75
Free and Reduced - $0.00
Second Student Meal - $3.50
Adult Meal - $4.00
Extra Milk - $0.50

Breakfast

Elementary School - $1.00
Middle/High School - $1.00
Free and Reduced - $0.00
Second Student Meal - $2.50
Adult Meal - $3.00
Extra Milk - $0.50

Payment Options

  • Cash: If you send cash with your child, please place it in a sealed envelope and write your child's complete name, grade and classroom number on the envelope. Cash is deposited into your child’s account the same day it is received.
  • Personal Check: If you send a check with your child, please place it in a sealed envelope and write your child's complete name, grade and classroom number on the envelope. Checks are deposited into your child’s account the same day it is received.
    Check Cashing Policy
    • Make the check payable to your school cafeteria. Example: "Morse Cafe Account."
    • Use a check that is pre-printed with your mailing address.
    • Write your home and work phone numbers on the top left-hand corner of the check.
    • Write student’s full name and classroom in the corner or memo area of the check.
    • Write the check amount clearly.
  • Online: San Diego Unified uses a service called PayPAMS, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service allows you to make payments to your child's cafeteria account using a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card. This service has additional features that allow you to receive e-mail reminders when your child’s account is getting low or to set up automated payments. You can register to utilize these other features on PayPAMS without making online payments. Deposits made on PayPAMS can take up to three (3) school days to process.
    To register for PayPAMS
    1. Go to PayPAMS and click on the "Register Now" button on the home page.
    2. Select your state, then select your school district.
    3. Create a username, a password and enter your contact information.
    4. Add children to your account.
    5. Make payment or set up automatic payments based on low balance.

Refund and Transfer Form

Should you need a refund on your student lunch account, or to transfer funds between student lunch accounts, download and complete the Refund/Transfer form. Fax or mail to Food and Nutrition Services.
If you need assistance with this information please call 858-627-7328.

Additional Resources

If you qualify for free or reduced price meals, you may also be eligible to receive additional food assistance from the state. Follow the links below for more information on how to apply for additional assistance.

CalFresh

CalFresh is a federal supplemental nutrition program for families and individuals that meet certain income and asset guidelines. Food stamp benefits help supplement your food budget and allow families to buy nutritious food. You can be working and still qualify for food stamps. If you qualify for food stamps you can use these benefits to purchase food at most grocery stores, convenience stores, and food markets.

To apply or find out if you are eligible, call Feeding America at 858-863-6635 or e-mail calfresh@feedingamericasd.org.  A member of the CalFresh team will pre-screen you over the phone and get you started on the application process.

Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

The WIC program is a supplemental nutrition program that helps pregnant women, infants, and children (up to age five) eat well, stay healthy, and be active.

At no cost to you, WIC provides you and your family with food, education, and resources, including:

  • Nutrition Education: Nutrition tips and healthy recipes, cooking classes, and demonstrations, and a wellness program. Some classes are also available online.
  • Breastfeeding Support: Individual support, group discussions, breast pumps, Help Line, and online help. Peer counseling classes are also available at some of our WIC offices.
  • Groceries: Checks for nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cereal, baby food, peanut butter, beans, juice, tofu, and soy milk.
  • Community Resources: Referrals to other resources in the community for things like parenting, childcare, medical, dental care, and more.

WIC is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Find out if you’re eligible!

Privacy Act Statement

This explains how we will use the information you give us. The National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or if you list a CalFresh, CalWORKs, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.