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San José Unified to Continue to Offer Free and Reduced-Price Meals: School Year 2019-2020

July 17, 2019

SAN JOSÉ, CA – July 18, 2019: San José Unified School District announces its policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and CACFP Afterschool Supper and Snack Program. Effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.

Households do not need to turn in an application when the household receives a notification letter saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, and children enrolled in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals. Contact school officials if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let school officials know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals.

Applications will be sent to the household with a letter about the free and reduced-price meal program. Households that want to apply for meal benefits, must fill out one application for all children in the household and give it to the nutrition office at 855 Lenzen Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126. For a simple and secure method to apply, use the online application at https://nutrition.sjusd.org/fma/. Contact Student Nutrition at 408-535-6021 for help filling out the application. The school will notify the applicant if the application is approved or denied for free or reduced-price meals. 

Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If a household is currently not eligible for Free and Reduced Meals, but later becomes eligible due to a decrease in household income, increase in household size, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, a new application may be submitted at that time. Information given on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. The last four digits of the Social Security number from any adult in the household (or checking the box stating no Social Security number available) is required if income is included on the application.

Households that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application.

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If the non-foster children are not eligible, this does not keep foster children from receiving free meals.

A child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days or until the school processes the new application, or the child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, the child will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials are not required to send reminder or expired eligibility notices.

Disagreements with the decision or results of verification may be discussed with school officials.  Please contact or call SJUSD’s hearing official at 855 Lenzen Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126, 408-535-6000. San José Unified is an equal opportunity provider.

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About San José Unified
San José Unified is an innovative urban school district that prepares today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow.  The district is reinventing the education system by bringing together teachers and staff with parents and students, inspiring each to discover their own greatness.  Serving close to 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school in 41 schools from Downtown San José to the Almaden Valley, San José Unified is Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement for Child Nutrition Program Participants
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at the Filing a Program Discrimination Complaint as a USDA Customer page and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: 202-690-7442; or

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