San José Unified to Continue to Offer Free and Reduced-Price Meals School Year 2020-2021

June 18, 2020

SAN JOSÉ, CA – June 18, 2020: 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, 2020 through June 30, 2021, 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 let the family know 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 not eligible now, but household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, an application can be turned in 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 household or checking the box that one does not have a Social Security number 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.

Eligilibilty Scale

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 do not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices. If a person does not agree with the decision or results of verification, he or she may discuss it with school officials. They also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official: 855 Lenzen Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126, 408-535-6000. 
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