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Free Meals Available for All Children this Summer

Free grab and go meals are available for all children this summer. Learn more at

The Multipurpose Family Income Form is required for the regular school year and may help you apply for additional benefits.


SFUSD families may have expressed concern about applying for free or reduced-price school meals due to the recent change to the "public charge” rule. The school meals program does not apply and eligible families should continue to apply to receive these important benefits. Meal benefits are available regardless of citizenship status, and a social security number is not required. 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.

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The Multipurpose Family Income Form is available online in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Arabic. Watch a How-To Video.

Access Your Eligibility Letter

  • Access online at Under Eligibility Information, select Notifications, then View. You can print or download your letter.
  • If you don't have an account on SchoolCafe, select Create Account. Set up your account by selecting San Francisco USD, Parent, then Add Login Credentials. Click Apply for Meal Benefits, and view your letter under Eligibility Information, select Notifications, then View.
  • Alternatively, you can request a copy by emailing

About the Multipurpose Family Income Form

By submitting the Multipurpose Family Income Form, you are helping to support our efforts to provide better school meals to our students. 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.

Free meals are available to students July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 if their household’s income is less than or equal to the federal income guidelines. Eligibility is based on total household income and the total number of household members listed on the Multipurpose Family Income form. If anyone in the student’s household receives CalFresh, California Work Opportunity (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) the student will be eligible for free meals through the case number included on their form submission. 

Questions can be directed to, 415-749-3604, or by visiting the SNS office during the regular school year. 

Important Facts

  • In order to qualify for meal benefits, families must submit a new application each school year. Benefits from the previous school year will expire 30 school days after the start of the new school year. Apply by October 1, 2019 to avoid meal charges.
  • If you are new to SFUSD and qualify for free or reduced-price meal benefits, please provide your student with money to buy lunch until your Multipurpose Family Income Form is processed.
  • Families may re-submit a new Multipurpose Family Income Form for benefits at any time during the school year. Families are especially encouraged to submit a new application if they experience a decrease in household income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size, or qualify for CalWorks, CalFresh, FDPIR. 
  • If you or your child are not a citizen or legal U.S. resident, meal benefits are available regardless of citizenship status. A social security number is not required.

Notice of Earned Income Tax Credit

Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at 

You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website at