3.9.5 Multipurpose Family Income Form: Apply for Free School Meals

About the Multipurpose Family Income Form (MFIF)

Submit the Multipurpose Family Income Form to apply for your student to receive free or reduced-price school meals:

  • Please visit www.sfusd.edu/MFIF for instructions to submit online at SchoolCafe.com (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.

At the start of every school year, we ask every family to complete the Multipurpose Family Income Form (MFIF), an application for your student to receive free or reduced-price school meals. Even if your family does not qualify or your child does not eat school meals, we ask you to submit this form to provide accurate data for District funding.

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. 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 reapply at any time.

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. For children who meet the definition of homeless, migrant, or runaway are eligible for free meals, please submit the application.

Why is the MFIF important to families?

In addition to eligibility for free school meals, eligible families may receive:

  • Discounted utilities and internet access
  • Free enrollment in Excel after school programs
  • SAT fee waivers
  • And more!

Why is the MFIF important to SFUSD?

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.

Where do I apply?

Please visit www.sfusd.edu/MFIF for instructions to submit online at SchoolCafe.com (available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese).

Is the Multipurpose Family Income Form kept confidential?

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.

What if we are not citizens or legal U.S. residents?

Free and reduced-price school meals are available regardless of citizenship status and eligible families should continue to apply. The school meals program does not apply to the “public charge” rule. 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.

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Schools

All students enrolled in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools are offered meals at no cost regardless of household income or form submission. Visit www.sfusd.edu/schoolfood for a list of CEP sites. 

Provision 2 Schools

All students enrolled in Provision 2 schools are offered breakfast at no cost. Visit www.sfusd.edu/schoolfood for a list of Provision 2 sites.

What if I transfer schools. Will I still qualify for meal benefits?

Student eligibility will follow the student within SFUSD. Students that transfer from a CEP school to a non-CEP school will have a 10-day grace period to continue participating in the meal program at no cost. Families are encouraged to submit the MFIF: www.sfusd.edu/MFIF.