- You do not need to participate in an assistance program to qualify. Everyone is encouraged to apply.
- If you currently receive Food Stamps, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CALWORKS), Kinship Guardianship Assistanced Payments (KinGAP), or Food Distribution program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits, your child may receive free meals.
- If your total household income is the same or less than the amounts on the applications income scale, your child may receive meals free or at a reduced price. "Household" means a group of related or non-related individuals who are living as one economic unit and sharing living expenses. Living expenses include rent, clothes, food, doctor bills, and utility bills.
- A foster care child who is the legal responsibility of the welfare agency or ward of the court may be eligible to receive meals free or at a reduced price regardless of your income. Foster children must have a separate application from other children in your household, and their eligibility is based on their "Personal Use Income".
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the lunch program?
Your child is entitled to federal tax dollars collected by the federal government. In order for your child's school to collect these funds, this form must be filled out. This is "your child's fair share" of tax dollars.
Who will see this form?
This form is only seen by a designated school official. This information WILL NOT be sent to any other agency.
What kind of funding will this effect?
*E-Rate technology funding
*Millions of available dollars in grant funds
*State entitlement funds
*State Title 1 funding
*Free and Reduced lunch
How is my school's funding determined?
The federal government determines this based on national family income amounts. The more households that meet the federal standard the more money our schools receive. Well over 55% of all Shasta County households meet this survey standard, for example.
Summer Meal Program