Saturday, September 5, 2009

Frequently Asked Questions About School Lunch

From the San Diego Unified School District Food Services Department

Question: Does my child qualify for free meals?

Answer: The Free and Reduced Price Meal Application is given to each child at the
beginning of the school year. ONE APPLICATION PER HOUSEHOLD is filled out for all the children in the home who attend any school in the San Diego Unified School District.

The only exception is for Foster and Group Home children. They will still need individual meal applications. Return the completed application to your child’s school office or mail to SDUSD Food Services Department, 6735 Gifford Way, San Diego, CA 92111.

After the application is received and examined, you are notified by letter whether you qualify.

Is my application information secure?

Yes, family size, household income and social security number information will
remain confidential and will not be shared for any purpose.

If my household income changes, can I reapply?

Yes, applications are available in the school office and are accepted
any time during the school year.

If my child attends a school that qualifies for free meals to be given to all students, do I need to fill out an application?

No, unless you have a child at another school that does not receive school-wide free meals.

How do I pre-pay for meals?

Call the PayPams meal payment system at 1-888-994-5100 or visit our website at and select the link: pre-payment for meals. You may also put cash or a check made payable to your child’s school cafeteria in a sealed envelope.

Be sure to write your child’s name and teacher’s name on the envelope. One envelope/check per child, please.

Check the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application for more information. If you have any questions, please call (858) 627-7328.