NEWS RELEASE: 2016-17 School Year Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Posted: Wednesday, August 31st 2016


San Diego Unified is announcing its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. Each school and/or the district/agency’s central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party on request.

Meal applications will be sent to all households with a letter informing parents or guardians of the availability of free and reduced-price meals. To apply, complete one application for all children in the household and submit to the school for processing. Additional copies are available at the school office or you may apply online at www.sandiegounified.org/food. Households may submit an application at any time during the school year. Information provided on the Application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. 

Children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if their household income is less than or equal to the Income Eligibility Guidelines identified below, which will be used to determine eligibility for meal benefits. These guidelines are effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.  

Free Eligibility Scale for Lunch, Breakfast, and Milk
Household sizeYearMonthTwice Per MonthEvery Two WeeksWeek
1$15,444$1,287$644$594$297
220,8261,736868801401
326,2082,1841,0921,008504
431,5902,6331,3171,215608
536,9723,0811,5411,422711
642,3543,5301,7651,629815
747,7493,9801,9901,837919
853,1574,4302,2152,0451,023
For each additional
family member, add:
$5,408$451$226$208$104

 

Reduced-Price Eligibility Scale for Lunch and Breakfast
Household sizeYearMonthTwice Per MonthEvery Two WeeksWeek
1$21,978$1,832$916$846$423
229,6372,4701,2351,140570
337,2963,1081,5541,435718
444,9553,7471,8741,730865
552,6144,3852,1932,0241,012
660,2735,0232,5122,3191,160
767,9515,6632,8322,6141,307
875,6476,3043,1522,9101,455
For each additional
family member, add:
$7,696$642$321$296$148

 

San Diego Unified will notify the household of their children’s eligibility for free meals if any household member receives CalFresh, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits. Households will also be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is categorized as foster, homeless, migrant, runaway, enrolled in an eligible Head Start, or enrolled in an eligible pre-kindergarten class. An application is not required if a household receives the eligibility notice from school officials. Households should contact the school immediately regarding any child in the household not included on the eligibility notice. The household must notify school officials if they choose to decline meal benefits. 

Households that did not receive the eligibility notice from school officials and would like to apply for meal benefits must submit a complete free and reduced-price application for San Diego Unified to determine a child’s eligibility. 

Households receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR benefits must include the following on their meal application: 

  1. Names of all enrolled children
  2. One case number from any household member
  3. Signature of an adult household member

Households with foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway children must include:  

  1. Names of all enrolled children
  2. Indication of individual child’s categorical eligibility status
  3. Signature of an adult household member

Households who may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income must include:

  1. Names of all household members (children and adults)
  2. Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
  3. The last 4 digits of the Social Security number (SSN) of the adult household member who signs the application or check the box if the adult does not have a SSN
  4. Signature of an adult household member 

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member of a foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children in the household qualify for free or reduced-price meal benefits. If the foster family is not eligible for meal benefits, this does not prevent foster children from receiving free meal benefits. 

Children in households participating in Women, Infants and Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Contact school officials for further information or complete an application for processing. 

Under the provisions of San Diego Unified’s Free and Reduced-Price Meal Policy Statement, the designated determining official(s) will review meal Applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the eligibility determination may discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents or guardians may also make a formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision and may do so orally or in writing with Jennifer Marrone. Contact the hearing official at 858-627-7332 for information regarding the hearing procedures. 

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make the household eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown above.

For up to 30 operating days into the new school year, eligibility from the previous school year will continue within the same school/agency. When the carry-over period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, the children must pay full price for school meals and the school will not send a reminder or a notice of expired eligibility.

 

Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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