Free and Reduced-Price Meals for School Year 2017-2018

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Free and Reduced-Price Meals for School Year 2017-2018

Press Release

San Francisco Unified School District announces its policy to continue serving nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and/or Afterschool Snack Program.

Effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, students are eligible for free or reduced price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.

Free and Reduced-Price Scales

Households do not need to turn in an application when the household receives a Direct Certification letter stating the student automatically qualifies to receive free or reduced price meals for the current school year. When any household member receives benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, FDPIR or a student meets the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, student is eligible for free meals. Contact Student Nutrition Services if any student living in the same household meets the criteria or does not receive a Direct Certification letter. The household must let Student Nutrition Services know if they do not want to receive free or reduced price meal benefits.

The Multipurpose Family Income form is the new application and will be sent to all households with a letter about the free and reduced price meal benefits. Households that want to apply for meal benefits, must fill out the form online at and include all students in the household enrolled in SFUSD Schools, or submit a paper form to the student's school or mail the form to Student Nutrition Services  at 841 Ellis Street, SF CA 94109. For a simple and secure and confidential method submit the form online at and access the letter of eligibility anytime. Contact Noelia Oropeza at 415-749-3604 for help filling out the form. Student Nutrition Services will notify the household with a letter or email if your form was approved or denied for free or reduced price meal benefits. 

Households may turn in a form at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may submit a form at that time. Information given on the form will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by Student Nutrition Service officials. It is required from the adult who is completing the form to indicate the last 4 digits of the Social Security number or check that you do not have a Social Security number.

Households that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits by submitting the form.

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

Your student’s eligibility status from last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days or until Student Nutrition Services processes your new form, or your student is otherwise Direct Certified for free or reduced price meals. After the 30 school days, your student will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced price meals. Student Nutrition Services does not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices.

If you are selected for verification and do not agree with the decision or results of the verification, you may discuss it with Student Nutrition Service officials. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing to the hearing official: Elizabeth Albert, Student Nutrition Services, Executive Director, 841 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-749-3604.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


SFUSD’s free breakfast program expands

July, 2018 - Student Nutrition Services announces its participation in the Breakfast Provision Program for the 2017-2018 school year.

Students enrolled in any of the 4 schools will be offered breakfast every school day at no charge. The participating schools are: Balboa High, Garfield Elementary, Glen Park Elementary, Galileo High.


Announcement Regarding our Universal Breakfast and Lunch Program

July, 2018- SFUSD’s Student Nutrition Services announces its participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)  of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program for the school year 2017-2018.  

Student(s) enrolled in any of the 54 schools will be offered a breakfast and lunch every school day at no charge, regardless of whether or not they apply for free or reduced price meal benefits.

Students who are not hungry do better in school

Studies have shown that students who are not hungry perform better in school. By providing breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge, we are hoping to create a better learning environment for our students.

The school breakfast and lunch that we serve follow U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for healthy school meals.  Please encourage your student(s) to eat school breakfast and lunch every day.

All meals will be served to all students at no charge regardless of the eligibility status.

Free breakfast and lunch are provided at the following schools for school year 2017-18:

Page updated on 07/24/17