Apply for Meal Benefits for the 20-21 School Year
Submit the Multipurpose Family Income Form to apply for your student to receive free or reduced-price school meals.
- Apply online through SchoolCafe (available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese).
- Allow 5 business days for processing. You will be notified via email (to the address you have on file with the Enrollment Office) that your eligibility results are ready to access via your SchoolCafe account.
- Questions? Learn more below or Contact Us.
How To: Create an Account
- Go to SchoolCafe.com
- Under Need to Create an Account? Select CA-California and type in San Francisco USD.
- Click Go to My District.
- Select Create a New Account and follow the steps to register. Use the email address you use in ParentVUE.
- Once logged in, select Add a Student to link your student(s) to your SchoolCafe account.
If you previously created an account but forgot your login information, select Forgot Username? or Forgot Password? on SchoolCafe.com and follow the steps to reset your username or password.
How To: Pay for Meals
Students who are ineligible for meal benefits may pay $1.50 for breakfast and $3.00 for lunch. Every Wednesday, a bag of 5 days' worth of meals (including breakfast, lunch, supper, fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk) is available for $22.50 at these meal sites.
- Follow the steps above to Create an Account on SchoolCafe.com.
- Add funds to your student's meal account using a debit or credit card.
About the Multipurpose Family Income Form
- To qualify for meal benefits, a new application must be submitted at the start of 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 you are new to SFUSD, submit your application before the first day of school. If there is a change in your household size, income, or employment status, you may submit a new form at any time.
- Free school meals are available if your household’s income is less than or equal to the federal income guidelines. If anyone in your household receives CalFresh, California Work Opportunity (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) your student(s) will be eligible for free school meals through the case number included on your form. SFUSD also participates in Direct Certification. If you receive notification that your students are directly certified to receive meals at no cost, you do not need to submit this form. Children who meet the definition of homeless, migrant, or runaway are eligible for free meals, please submit the application.
- 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. Contact Angelina Romano, SFUSD Refugee and Immigrant Supports in Education (RISE-SF) at email@example.com or 415-242-2615 with questions.
- By submitting the form, you are supporting our efforts to provide better school meals. Federal, local, and private grant funding is based on the number of eligible applications we collect. Even if your child does not eat school meals, submitting the form helps provide classroom funding at your school.
- 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. Our platforms provide secure online payments.
20-21SY CEP Schools
All students at Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are offered meals at no cost regardless of household income or form submission.
SFUSD's CEP sites have been updated. Review this list for your school's status for the 20-21 school year.
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.