Turn in Applications to:
Turn in paper applications to your school site office or the Food Service office at Laguna Middle School.
Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." The forms can be obtained and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.
There is NO CHARGE for reduced priced meals this school year, if qualified! We hope you will join us for breakfast and lunch meals daily!
Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.
Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.
Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.
Students may be qualified to receive free or reduced price meals either through a Meal Application or through Direct Certification.
Meal Application Eligibility is based upon income versus the number of people in the household, in accordance with guidelines set by the federal government. Please submit only ONE application per household – even if you have children at different schools in the school district. (Note: Eligibility for foster children is based upon the child’s personal use income. Monies provided for the child’s care are excluded.) Direct Certification Students may be authorized to receive free meals based upon any of the following:
- Recipient of Food Stamps or CalWORKs benefits, as certified by the Department of Social Services.
- Homeless, as certified by the SLCUSD Family Resource Coordinator.
- In a Migrant Education Program, as certified by the Migrant Education Program.
Meal eligibility must be renewed each school year! Eligibility for free or reduced meals from the 2019-20 school year will expire on September 16. Please submit a new application prior to that date to ensure continuation of benefits.
For returning students, the eligibility for free or reduced price meals expires after the first 30 days of the new school year, unless re-qualified for free or reduced price meals.
BENEFITS FOR QUALIFIED MEAL PROGRAM APPLICANTS:
If you qualify for free or reduced price meals, you may also be eligible to receive additional food assistance from the state. Follow the links below for more information on how to apply for additional assistance.
Charter Spectrum: Households that qualify can receive high speed internet access for $14.00 per month. For wifi, the cost is an additional $5.00 per month. For more information visit the https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.htmlor call Spectrum at 1-844-525-1574.
AT&T: AT&T offers low cost home internet at speeds between 768 kilobits - 10 megabits starting at $5.00 month with Wi-Fi gateway included. For more information go to https://www.att.com/shop/internet/accessor call 855-220-5211for Espanol 855-220-5225
CalFresh: CalFresh is a federal supplemental nutrition program for families and individuals that meet certain income and asset guidelines. Food stamp benefits help supplement your food budget and allow families to buy nutritious food. You can be working and still qualify for food stamps. If you qualify for food stamps you can use these benefits to purchase food at most grocery stores, convenience stores, and food markets.To apply or find out if you are eligible, call Feeding America at 858-863-6635 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. A member of the CalFresh team will pre-screen you over the phone and get you started on the application process.
Women, Infants & Children (WIC): The WIC program is a supplemental nutrition program that helps pregnant women, infants, and children (up to age five) eat well, stay healthy, and be active. At no cost to you, WIC provides you and your family with food, education, and resources. WIC is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Find out if you’re eligible!
Nutrition Education: Nutrition tips and healthy recipes, cooking classes, and demonstrations, and a wellness program. Some classes are also available online.
Breastfeeding Support: Individual support, group discussions, breast pumps, Help Line, and online help. Peer counseling classes are also available at some of our WIC offices.
Groceries: Checks for nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cereal, baby food, peanut butter, beans, juice, tofu, and soy milk.
Community Resources: Referrals to other resources in the community for things like parenting, childcare, medical, dental care, and more.