SFUSD Continues School Nutrition Program for 2020-21

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SFUSD Continues School Nutrition Program for 2020-21

Free and reduced-price meals available to students who qualify or attend certain schools

San Francisco (August 14, 2020) - The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) continues to serve free and reduced-price meals in the 2020-2021 school year. 

Student Nutrition Services is committed to providing nutritious meals for students while school buildings are closed. Grab and go meals will be available for all SFUSD students weekly. Every Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., a bag of 5 days' worth of meals (including breakfast, lunch, supper*, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk) is available for SFUSD students only at 18 school sites. View the list of sites and schedules at sfusd.edu/schoolfood.

Families can apply now to receive meal benefits for the new school year. Visit sfusd.edu/MFIF for steps to submit the Multipurpose Family Income Form online. The application is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Tagalog and Vietnamese. 

Families must submit a new application (one per household) each school year. Benefits from the previous school year will expire 30 school days after the start of the new school year. Apply by September 28, 2020 to avoid meal charges. If a family is new to SFUSD, the application should be submitted before the first day of school. If a household experiences a change in size, income, or employment status, a new application can be submitted at any time. Information submitted on the application may be subject to verification.

Effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, free school meals are available if a household’s income is less than or equal to the federal income guidelines. SFUSD also participates in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). All students at CEP schools, listed below, are offered meals at no cost regardless of household income or application submission.

If anyone in the household receives CalFresh, California Work Opportunity (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) the student(s) will be eligible for free school meals through the case number included on the application. Households with students who meet the definition of homeless, migrant, or runaway are eligible for meal benefits by submitting the application. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for meal benefits by submitting the application. 

SFUSD also participates in Direct Certification. If a household receives notification that students are directly certified to receive meals at no cost, the application does not need to be submitted. If a student in the household meets this criteria and does not receive a Direct Certification letter, or if the household would like to decline meal benefits, contact Student Nutrition Services at the information below.

The school meals program does not apply to the “public charge” rule. Free and reduced-price school meals are available regardless of citizenship status and eligible families should continue to apply. A social security number is not required on the application. Your information is secure. Student Nutrition Services will share your information only for the purposes of determining free or reduced-price meal benefits, verifying eligibility, or for educational use.



Free eligibility scale for breakfast, lunch, dinner

Reduced-price eligibility scale

Community Eligibility Program (CEP) Schools

All students at the following schools are offered meals at no cost regardless of household income or form submission:

Bret Harte, Bryant, Carver, Chavez, Drew, Civic Center, Cleveland, Downtown, El Dorado, ER Taylor, Everett, Gordon Lau, Guadalupe, Hillcrest, Hilltop, Ida B. Wells, James Lick, Jean Parker, John Muir, John O’Connell, June Jordan, KIPP Bayview Academy, KIPP Bayview Elementary, KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy, Lee Newcomer, Malcolm X, ML King, Moscone, Paul Revere, Sanchez, Tenderloin, Visitacion Valley Elementary, Visitacion Valley Middle, Willie Brown.  

*Supper not available at A.P. Giannini location due to USDA area eligibility requirements.

For more information about Student Nutrition Services or SFUSD’s school meal program, please contact Student Nutrition Services, San Francisco Unified School District, at 415-749-3604 or SchoolLunch@sfusd.edu.

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 the 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; or (3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 


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