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Students may qualify for free or reduced cost food services. Please print and complete the application posted below and drop it off at your childs school front office or the school cafeteria IF you have not received notification of your students status. Direct Certification notification letters are mailed to your home. All students MUST REAPPLY YEARLY! PLEASE REMEMBER THAT YOU HAVE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30 TO REAPPLY. FAILURE TO REAPPLY BY THAT DATE WILL RESULT IN YOUR STATUS SWITCHING TO FULL PAID STATUS UNTIL YOUR APPLICATION HAS BEEN PROCESSED. PLEASE ALLOW 3 - 5 DAYS FOR PROCESSING ANY APPLICATION DUE TO THE VOLUME WE RECEIVE AT THE START OF EACH SCHOOL YEAR.

Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." The forms can be obtained and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.

Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.

Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. DO NOT INCLUDE FOSTER CHILDREN.

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.

In accordance with California and USDA regulations, Benicia Unified is required to do a yearly review of applications to make sure that only eligible children receive free or reduced priced benefits. This process is called Verification and begins each October 1st. A random 3% sample of approved applications are selected each year. You will be notified via mail if your application was selected.