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San Mateo-Foster City School District Child Nutrition Department

The goal of the San Mateo-Foster City School District Child Nutrition Department is to serve healthy, appetizing meals at a reasonable cost to all our students in order to promote health today and in the future. As partners in education, we support our students with nutritious meals in order for students to be ready to learn in the classroom and to reach their highest academic potential.

Menus are planned to be consistent with all State and Federal requirements as well as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. School meals are available everyday school is in session.

request for proposal (RFP)

RFP No. CNS-01-20 Distribution of Processed USDA Foods and Commercial Food Products. Bidders' conference April 19, 2019, at 10:30 AM. Proposal submission deadline, May 16, 2019, at 1:30 PM. Public opening, May 16, 2019, 2:00 PM.

RFP No. CNS-02-20 Fresh Produce - Fruits and Vegetables. Proposal submission deadline, May 24, 2019, at 11:00 AM. Public opening, May 24, 2019, 11:30 AM. 

Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act

The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19853(b) requires local educational agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to annually notify households about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.

The EITC is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. In order to qualify for the EITC, households must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if taxes are not owed or households are not required to file. The EITC reduces the amount of tax households owe and may allow for a refund. 

Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at

You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website at

For additional information, refer to the IRS EITC web page at or the California EITC Web page at

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding this subject, please contact the IRS by phone at 800-829-3676 or through its website at You can also contact the Franchise Tax Board by phone at 800-852-5711 or through its website at

Common Questions

Can I order sNack lunches for a field trip?

Yes, you can order sack lunches for field trips.

Lunch must be available to ALL students on ALL school days, even when they are on a field trip. All students may participate in field trip bag lunch provided through Child Nutrition.

Bag lunch request must be received 10 working days in advance using the Field Trip Bag Lunch Request Form.

Can I pay for lunches in advance for my student?

Yes, you may prepay for lunches. You may prepay any amount. Visit your school office for prepaid envelopes or for a small fee you can use our on-line payment system

How much does lunch cost?

Breakfast cost $1.50 at all sites serving breakfast. Full paid lunch is $2.50 at elementary schools and $3.00 at middle schools. There is no charge for meals if you qualify for reduced-price meal benefits.

Does the District participate in a Subsidized Meal Program?

Yes, our district does participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch program with the State of California. Applications can be submitted anytime during the year. 

Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application per family for all the students in your household.  We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to your child's school or to Child Nutrition Services located at 1170 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404.

Who can get free meals?

Children in households getting Food Stamps or TANF and most foster children can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, your children can get free price meals if your household income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.

Can homeless, runaway and migrant children get free meals?

Please call at the Child Nutrition Department (650) 312-1968 if you need information regarding your child(ren)s eligibility.

Who can get reduced price meals?

Your children can get low-cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Chart, shown on the Letter to Households.

Should I fill out an application if I got a letter this school year saying my children are approved for free or reduced-price meals?

Please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. Call Nutrition Services at (650) 312-1968 if you have questions.

Can I apply Online?

Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Visit to begin or to learn more about the online application process. Contact Child Nutrition Services at (650) 312-1968 or email Leylany Marquez at if you have any questions about the online application.

Will the information I give be checked?

Yes, we may ask you to send written proof.

If I don't qualify now, may I apply later?

Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting CalFresh (Food Stamps), CalWORKs or other benefits. If you lose your job, your children may be able to get free or reduced-price meals.

Who should I include as members of my household?

You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives or friends). You must include yourself and all children who live with you.

If you have other questions or need help, please call (650) 312-1968.