1500 Lizzie Street | San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

805-549-1200 | district@slcusd.org


Free And Reduced Meals


Students may be qualified to receive free or reduced price meals either through a Meal Application or through Direct Certification.

Meal Application Eligibility is based upon income versus the number of people in the household, in accordance with guidelines set by the federal government. Please submit only ONE application per household – even if you have children at different schools in the school district. (Note: Eligibility for foster children is based upon the child’s personal use income. Monies provided for the child’s care are excluded.) Direct Certification Students may be authorized to receive free meals based upon any of the following:

  • Recipient of Food Stamps or CalWORKs benefits, as certified by the Department of Social Services.
  • Homeless, as certified by the SLCUSD Family Resource Coordinator.
  • In a Migrant Education Program, as certified by the Migrant Education Program.

Meal eligibility must be renewed each school year! Eligibility for free or reduced meals from the 2017-18 school year will expire on October 6. Please submit a new application prior to that date to ensure continuation of benefits.

For returning students, the eligibility for free or reduced price meals expires after the first 30 days of the new school year, unless re-qualified for free or reduced price meals.




Cash: If you send cash with your child, please place in a sealed envelope and write your child's complete name and student number on the envelope. Cash is deposited into your child's account the same day it is received.

Personal Check: If you send a check with your child, please place it in a sealed envelope and write your child's complete name and student number on the envelope. Checks are deposited into your child’s account the same day it is received. Check Cashing Policy

1.Make the check payable to "SLCUSD Food Services"

2.Write student’s full name and student number in the corner or memo area of the check.

Online: San Luis Coastal Unified accepts online credit card meal prepayments, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service allows you to make payments to your child's cafeteria account using a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card. Deposits made online are typically received on the same day. To register for online payments:

1. Go to K12PaymentCenter and click on the "Register " button on the home page.

2. Enter your email.

3. Create a username, a password and enter your contact information.

4. Confirm your account through email.

5. Add children to your account.

6. Make payment or set up automatic payments based on low balance.


Should you need a refund on your student lunch account, or to transfer funds between student lunch accounts, please call the Food Service office at 805-596-4067.


If you qualify for free or reduced price meals, you may also be eligible to receive additional food assistance from the state. Follow the links below for more information on how to apply for additional assistance.

Charter Spectrum: Households that qualify can receive high speed internet access for $14.00 per month. For wifi, the cost is an additional $5.00 per month. For more information visit the https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.htmlor call Spectrum at 1-844-525-1574.

AT&T: AT&T offers low cost home internet at speeds between 768 kilobits - 10 megabits starting at $5.00 month with Wi-Fi gateway included. For more information go to https://www.att.com/shop/internet/accessor call 855-220-5211for Espanol 855-220-5225

CalFresh: CalFresh is a federal supplemental nutrition program for families and individuals that meet certain income and asset guidelines. Food stamp benefits help supplement your food budget and allow families to buy nutritious food. You can be working and still qualify for food stamps. If you qualify for food stamps you can use these benefits to purchase food at most grocery stores, convenience stores, and food markets.To apply or find out if you are eligible, call Feeding America at 858-863-6635 or e-mail calfresh@feedingamericasd.org. A member of the CalFresh team will pre-screen you over the phone and get you started on the application process.

Women, Infants & Children (WIC)The WIC program is a supplemental nutrition program that helps pregnant women, infants, and children (up to age five) eat well, stay healthy, and be active. At no cost to you, WIC provides you and your family with food, education, and resources. WIC is federally funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Find out if you’re eligible!

Nutrition Education: Nutrition tips and healthy recipes, cooking classes, and demonstrations, and a wellness program. Some classes are also available online.

Breastfeeding Support: Individual support, group discussions, breast pumps, Help Line, and online help. Peer counseling classes are also available at some of our WIC offices.

Groceries: Checks for nutritious foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, cereal, baby food, peanut butter, beans, juice, tofu, and soy milk.

Community Resources: Referrals to other resources in the community for things like parenting, childcare, medical, dental care, and more.

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.

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