FUESD announces 2020-2021 free and reduced meals
Last updated 8/5/2020 at 5:51pm
FALLBROOK – Fallbrook Union Elementary School District announces its policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and/or Afterschool 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 409 W. Fallbrook St. in Fallbrook.
For a simple and secure method to apply, use the online application at http://lunchapplication.com. Contact Child Nutrition Services at 760-731-4352 for help filling out the application. Child Nutrition will let applicants know if they were 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 not eligible now, but the household income goes down, household size goes up or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs or FDPIR, turn in a new application 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 that you do not have a Social Security number is required if you include income on the application.
Households that receive the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children 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, it 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 30 school days or until a new application or child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, a 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 a reminder or expired eligibility notices.
If you do not agree with the decision or results of verification, you may discuss it with school officials. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official: Cindi Martin, interim assistant superintendent of business services, at 321 N. lowa St., Fallbrook, CA 92028 or 760-731-5445.
Submitted by Fallbrook Union Elementary School District.