September 7, 2018
Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program
The Washington Unified School District (WUSD) serves nutritious meals each school day by participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household meets the income eligibility guidelines
How it Works - Households receive notification letters saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from CalFresh, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program Indian Reservations (FDPIR). If you receive this notification, you do not need to apply.

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. Please contact your school administrators 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. 
How to apply - 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 submit it to the Food Services Department at 930 Westacre Road, West Sacramento.

You may apply online at MyMealTime or contact the Food Services Department at (916) 375-7604 for help filling out the application.

Your school will let you know if your 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 you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an 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 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. 

Your child’s eligibility status from last school year continues into the new school year for up to 30 school days or until the school processes your new application, or your child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, your 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 expired eligibility notices.
Questions or Concerns
Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the eligibility determination may discuss the decision with their school administrators. Parents or guardians may also make a formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision and may do so by contacting the Student and Family Support Services Department at (916) 375-7604 Ext.1370.