Free and Reduced-Price Meal Program


The National School Lunch Program Application forms are available beginning in July of each school year in the Food Service Office, 724 Santa Barbara St. You may also apply online. The information received from the application is critical to the district and is used to determine eligibility for additional funding. All information is confidential. The completion of the Free and Reduced Priced Meal Program Application may also determine the student’s eligibility for subsidized bus tickets and/or a reduction in the cost of Advanced Placement exams. If you are eligible for Free or Reduced Priced Meals, a new form must be completed each year.

We would like ALL families to complete this application whether you think you qualify or not, as funds for our students will be more readily available with the census. Unless an application for the National School Lunch Program is received by Food Services, students will be expected to pay for their meals at full-price. Parents must submit these applications as quickly as possible so that eligibility status can be activated promptly. If you do not qualify or do not wish to apply, please put your student’s name on the form, write “DNQ”, and return the form.

It is the goal of the Santa Barbara Unified School District Food Service Department to ensure that all students are receiving proper nutrition each school day. Breakfast and lunch are prepared and made available to all students daily in each school’s cafeteria. Breakfast is FREE for all students. For lunch, depending on the qualification of the submitted application, students are either full-price, reduced or free. The full-price plan signifies that the student does not qualify for free or reduced and is required to purchase lunch. A-la-carte items are also available but are not part of the free or reduced cost and all students must pay full price. Free lunches are at no charge and reduced cost is $.40 per day.

If a parent has not submitted an application and their child is without the funds necessary to purchase food in the cafeteria, the cafeteria manager will allow that student to obtain a meal but will put the student’s cafeteria account into the negative. Parents are responsible to pay this negative balance. Parents are also responsible for any negative balance on their child’s account prior to the qualification of their application as Free or Reduced.