3.11 Multipurpose Family Income Form for School Benefits

About the Multipurpose Family Income Form (MFIF)

Submit the Multipurpose Family Income Form to apply for free or reduced-price school benefits. We encourage ALL families to submit the MFIF by September 3, 2021 to support your school's funding.

  • Please visit www.sfusd.edu/MFIF for instructions on how to apply online at SchoolCafe.com (available in English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Vietnamese). Allow 5 business days for processing online applications. 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.
  • Each household, including those with more than one student attending an SFUSD school, should only submit one form. All forms should include your students’ first and last name, school, and all household members’ income information.
  • If there is a change in your household size, income, or employment status, you may reapply at any time during the school year.

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 benefits. 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.

If you receive notification that your students are directly certified to receive school benefits, you do not need to submit the MFIF. If you did not receive a Direct Certification letter and your household receives CalFresh (Food Stamps), California Work Opportunity (CalWORKs), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or MediCaid, include your case number on your MFIF application.

Children who meet the definition of homeless, migrant, or runaway are automatically eligible, but still need to  submit the application. 

Why is the MFIF important to families?

School eligibility benefits give families access to District and city benefits too! Eligible families may receive:

  • Discounted utilities for your home, like internet access or PGE services
  • Fee waives for ExCEL After School Programs and SAT exams
  • And more!

Why is the MFIF important to SFUSD?

The MFIF helps collect essential funding for teacher salaries and school supplies. Federal, local, and private funding is based on the number of eligible applications we collect.

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 family benefits and classroom funding purposes. Our platforms are secure.

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

School meals are available regardless of the student’s or their family’s citizenship status. Participation in the school meals program is not considered a “public charge.” A social security number is not required on the application. Contact the Student, Family & School Resource Link at sflink@sfusd.edu or (415) 340-1716 with questions.

What if I transfer schools - will I still qualify for meal benefits?

Student eligibility will follow the student's school enrollment within SFUSD. 

This page was last updated on June 8, 2022