The San Ramon Valley Unified School District provides free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program. The National School Lunch Program is a federally funded program that assists schools and other agencies in providing nutritious lunches to children at reasonable prices. In addition to financial assistance, the program provides donated commodity foods to help reduce lunch program costs. The United States Department of Agriculture (Outside Source) is responsible for overseeing the program nationally. In California, the program is administered by the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division.
Free or reduced price meals are provided to those children who qualify for such benefits according to specified family size and income standards. The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free, reduced-price, or full-price meal benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown here are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Each school and/or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.
Click here for an application and eligibility requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Children need healthy meals to learn. San Ramon Unified School District offers healthy meals every school day. Students may buy lunch for $3.50 at the elementary school level, and $4.00 at the middle and high school levels. Students may buy milk for $0.50. Eligible students may receive meals free or at a reduced price of $0.40.
Do I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Complete the application to apply for free or reduced price meals. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to your school’s front office or mail it to the following address:
3280 E. Crow Canyon Road
San Ramon, CA 94583
Who can get free meals? All children in households receiving benefits from Food Stamps, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR and most foster children can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, your children can get free meals if your household’s gross income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.
Can homeless, runaway, and migrant children get free meals? If you haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail the Child Nutrition office at (925) 824-1808 to see if they qualify.
Who can get reduced price meals? Your children can get low cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Eligibility Income Chart, shown on the application.
Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are approved for free meals? Please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. Call the Child Nutrition Office at (925) 824-1808 if you have questions.
My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one? Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.
I get WIC. Can my child(ren) get free meals? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please fill out an application.
Will the information I give be checked? Yes and we may also ask you to send written proof.
If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year.
What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to:
SRVUSD, Director of Child Nutrition
3280 E. Crow Canyon Road
San Ramon, CA 94583
May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced price meals.
Who should I include as members of my household? You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends). You must include yourself and all children living with you.
What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes.
We are in the military. Do we include our housing allowance as income? If you get an off-base housing allowance, it must be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income.
My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. Is her combat pay counted as income? No, if the combat pay is received in addition to her basic pay because of her deployment and it wasn’t received before she was deployed, combat pay is not counted as income. Contact your school for more information.