National School Lunch Program
Help Your School Receive Funding
We need your help to ensure that your school receives important federal and/or state funding. You can help by doing either of the following:
- Complete an application for the National School Lunch Program, or
- Complete the Household Income Data Collection form
If you qualify for the National School Lunch Program, your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals! To see if you qualify, please refer to the 2018-2019 Income Eligibility Guidelines in the table below. You and/or your children do not need to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. All information submitted as part of these applications is confidential.
OPTION 1: Submitting an Application for the National School Lunch Program
You can submit an application for the National School Lunch Program in either of the following ways:
- (1a) Online application: Go to the My School Apps website and click “Get Started”, then find your district/school, and complete the application. Once you finish, you're done!
- (1b) Complete the 2018-2019 Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals form (PDFs linked below) and return it to your school office.
OPTION 2: Completing the Household Income Data Collection form
If you choose for your student to not receive free or reduced-price meals, help your school to receive important additional funding from the state by completing the Household Income Data Collection form, linked below.
2018-2019 Income Eligibility Guidelines
Twice Per Month
Every Two Weeks
For each additional family member add:
NOTE: If any of the following apply, your child may already qualify for free or reduced-price meals:
- All children in households receiving benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR are eligible for free meals.
- Foster children under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
- Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
- Children who meet the definition of homeless, migrant, or runaway are eligible for free meals.
Eligible students may receive meals at the reduced-price rate of $.40 for lunch and $.30 for breakfast. Students may buy lunch for $3.50 at the Elementary sites and $4.00 in the Junior Highs and High Schools. Breakfast is $2.00 at the Elementary schools and $2.75 at the Junior Highs and High Schools.
More About The National School Lunch Program
The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operated by Petaluma City Schools Food Services. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.