School Meals and Money for Kids

The Free and Reduced National School Lunch Program does more than ensure that DJUSD TK-12 students receive free meals while they are at school. The program also provides free, healthy and tasty meals for all children 18 and under in the Davis community, ensuring they have access to a key element to student success – good nutrition. There is also an important link between participation in our student nutrition programs and funding for our schools.

We hope the following information will help create a better understanding of why it is important for parents or guardians to complete the Free and Reduced National School Lunch Program application:

Why is it important to fill out the application if meals are already provided at no cost?

Qualification in the Free and Reduced Meals Program provides an additional 20 percent in supplemental state funding that is used to support a variety of student programs. This school year, all children 18 and under can receive free meals from our District, but we still need to qualify families in the program in order to receive the additional state funding.

This year’s current decrease in program enrollment will mean a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars for our students for years to come.
 We are asking all DJUSD families to complete the application if you have not already done so, or if your family circumstances have changed, and you think you might qualify.

If I fill out the National School Lunch Program application, and I’m accepted, what other programs or services would I be eligible to receive?
  • Through the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB), you would receive a 50 percent discount off your family’s Broadband bill and a 75 percent discount if your student’s family is on Tribal land.
  • Fee waivers for college applications and entrance exams like the SAT and ACT
  • Subsidies or discounts for programs like the Davis Kids Klub (DKK)
If I fill out the Free and Reduced Program application, and I am notified that I do not qualify, what does this mean?
Children under 18 are still eligible for free meals under this National School Lunch Program/Seamless Summer Option (NSLP/SSO).

How do I apply?

Families must complete a new application each school year. You may apply to receive school breakfasts and lunches through the National School Lunch Program in one of the following three ways:

  • The application is available online on the MySchoolApps website.
  • You may download and complete a hard copy of the application (in English or Spanish) and turn it in to your school office or the District Office (526 B Street). The District Office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

We need everyone’s assistance to help us ensure that any family who may qualify completes the National School Lunch Program application for the current 2022-2023 school year. This matters now and in the future.