Apply for Meal Benefits & Payment Info

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. 

  1. Apply online through SchoolCafe (available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese). 
  2. 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.
  3. Questions? Learn more below or Contact Us.

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How To: Create an Account

  1. Go to SchoolCafe.com
  2. Under Need to Create an Account? Select CA-California and type in San Francisco USD.
  3. Click Go to My District.
  4. Select Create a New Account and follow the steps to register. Use the email address you use in ParentVUE.
  5. 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: Access your Student Barcode

Watch a how-to video and follow these steps to show the barcode from your smartphone: 

  1. Download the SchoolCafe app.
  2. Login to your account. (Need to create an account? See above.)
  3. Select Add a Student. Input student information and follow the prompts.
  4. Your student will be added. Touch the barcode icon to display.
  5. Repeat for additional students.

How To: Access Your Eligibility Letter

Access online by logging in to SchoolCafe.com. Under Eligibility Information, select Notifications, then View. You can print or download your letter.

Alternatively, you can request a copy by emailing SchoolLunch@sfusd.edu.

How To: Pay for Meals

As of Sept. 1, free meals are now available to all students, regardless of eligibility.

  1. Follow the steps above to Create an Account on SchoolCafe.com.
  2. 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 romanoa@sfusd.edu 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 enrolled in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools 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.  

20-21SY Provision 2 Schools

All students enrolled in Provision 2 schools are offered breakfast at no cost. SFUSD's Provision 2 sites have been updated. Review this list for your school's status for the 20-21 school year.

BVHM, Carmichael, Carmichael FEC, Chin, Cobb, Denman, Dolores Huerta, Flynn, Francisco, Garfield, Glen Park, Everett, J. Serra, Lakeshore Alternative, Lawton, Longfellow, Mission Ed, Mission High, Marshall ES, Monroe, McCoppin, Ortega, Presidio, Redding, Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, SF Community School, Sheridan, Spring Valley, Starr King, Stevenson, Sutro, T. Marshall, Ulloa, Webster.