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Free / Reduced Price Meal Program

Apply for the Free/Reduced Meal Program Online

2019/2020 Online Applications are available NOW!
 
Click here to apply!

If you apply online, you do not need to complete a paper application.

If you need any assistance in completing your application please contact the Food Services Office at 714-228-3183.
 

School Year 2019-2020

Public Media Release for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

 

Centralia School District announces its policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, and Afterschool Snack Program. Effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.

 

19/20 

Free

Eligibility Scale for

Lunch, Breakfast, and Milk

Reduced-Price

Eligibility Scale for

Lunch and Breakfast

Household size

Year

Month

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Week

Year

Month

Twice

Per

Month

Every Two Weeks

Week

1

$ 16,237

$ 1,354

$   677

$  625

$  313

$ 23,107

$ 1,926

$   963

$   889

$  445

2

21,983

1,832

916

846

423

31,284

2,607

1,304

1,204

602

3

27,729

2,311

1,156

1,067

534

39,461

3,289

1,645

1,518

759

4

33,475

2,790

1,395

1,288

644

47,638

3,970

1,985

1,833

917

5

39,221

3,269

1,635

1,509

755

55,815

4,652

2,326

2,147

1,074

6

44,967

3,748

1,874

1,730

865

63,992

5,333

2,667

2,462

1,231

7

50,713

4,227

2,114

1,951

976

72,169

6,015

3,008

2,776

1,388

8

56,459

4,705

2,353

2,172

1,086

80,346

6,696

3,348

3,091

1,546

For each additional family member, add:

 

$  5,746

$    479

$   240

$   221

$    111

$  8,177

$    682

$    341

$   315

$   158

 

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 school office. For a simple and secure method to apply, use our online application at www.cesd.us/application/. Contact the Food Services Office at 714-228-3183 for help filling out the application. The 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 will continue 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 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: Mr. Scott Martin,  6625 La Palma Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620  714-228-3154

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Earned Income Tax Credit

Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its Web site at www.irs.gov.
 
You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its Web site at www.ftb.ca.gov.