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Free or Reduced Price Meals

All families may apply for lunch and/or breakfast meals at a free or reduced price by completing a meal application form. Eligibility for free and reduced priced meals is determined by comparing the total household income to the Federal Income Scale and by the total household members. In addition, families that receive Food Stamps, California Work Opportunity Responsibility to Kits (CAlWORKS) or Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments (KinGAP) are already eligible for free meals and need to provide the student’s case number on the meal application. A foster child who is the legal responsibility of the welfare agency or court also may be eligible for free or reduced meals. Eligible students may receive meals free or at a reduced price of $.40 cents for lunch.   

If you have not received a meal program application, you may pick one up at your child's school.    


Guidelines for Meal Program Applications  

A free or reduced price meal application sample form is included in this Parent/Guardian Guide so you will know what information is required. Applications must be renewed annually. Families eligible for meals from the previous year may participate in the following school year, but will become ineligible after 30 school days from the first day of school. Please remember to promptly re-apply every year to avoid a delay in approval for your child. Only one application per household is required and parents/guardians with more than one student may return the application to any one of the schools their children attend. Applications will not be approved without complete eligibility information. If you have any questions, please call us at (510) 818-4281. Please allow 10 days for the processing of your application.  

Your application must include the following information:

  1. Adult signature.
  2. Social Security Number (if not available, if you do not have one, check the No SSN box).
  3. List ALL adults living in the household.
  4. List all children living in the household. Include all children, those not attending school, and those with different last names.
  5. List every school that is attended by children in your household.  

Newark Unified School District’s Child Nutrition Services Department’s Cafeteria Fund exists to account separately for all expenditures in the cafeteria program at all schools. The Cafeteria Fund generates its revenue from the federal and state government, subsidizing free and reduced priced lunches as well as a minimal subsidy of paid lunches. In addition to government funding, revenue is derived from sales of lunches, ala Carte sales and snacks, and interest on deposits. It has been a longstanding position of the Board that the fund shall be self-supporting.