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Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

The San Mateo-Foster City School District offers free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. A copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party, is available.

Online meal application available here

Household size and income criteria are used to determine eligibility for free, reduced-price, or full-price meal benefits. Applications are available at each school office upon request, applications are also available at the District Office. To apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits, households must complete an application and return it to the school for processing. If during the year a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, parents should contact Child Nutrition at (650) 312-1968 as such changes may make children eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below eligibility levels.

Letter to household and common questions about free and reduced-price school meals (SPANISH)

Letter to household and common questions about free and reduced-price school meals 

Instructions on how to apply for Free and Reduced Price School Meals

Instructions on how to apply for Free and Reduced Price School Meals (Spanish)

 

Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price Meals or Free Milk in Child Nutrition Programs

Effective July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022, participants from households with incomes at or below the following levels may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals or free milk.

Note: The new income calculations are based on annual figures and the following formulas: Monthly = annual income divided by 12; Twice Per Month = annual income divided by 24; Every Two Weeks = annual income divided by 26; and Weekly = annual income divided by 52. All dollar amounts are rounded up to the next whole dollar.

Free Eligibility Scale Meals, Snacks, and Milk

Household Size Annual Monthly Twice Per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly

1

$16,774

$1,396

$698

$644

$322

2

22,646

1,888

944

871

436

3

28,548

2379

1190

1098

549

4

34,450

2871

1436

1325

663

5

40,352

3363

1682

1552

776

6 46254

3855

1928

1779

890

7

52156

4347

2174

2006

1003

8

58058

4839

2420

2233

1117

For each additional family member, add:

$5,902

492

246

227

114

Reduced-Price Eligibility Scale
Meals and Snacks

Household Size Annual Monthly Twice Per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly

1

$23,828

1986

993

917

459

2

32227

2686

1343

1240

620

3

40,626

3386

1693

1563

782

4

49025

4086

2043

1886

943

5

57424

4786

2393

2209

1105

6

65823

5486

2743

2532

1266

7

74222

6186

3093

2855

1428

8

82621

6886

3443

3178

1589

For each additional family member, add:

$8339

700

350

324

162

  • Household is synonymous with family and means a group of related or unrelated individuals who are not residents of an institution or boarding house, but who are living as one economic unit sharing housing and all significant income and expenses. This scale does not apply to households that receive CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits, or children who are recipients of California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids Program (CalWORKs). Those children are automatically eligible for free meal benefits.