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Free & Reduced Information


San Mateo-Foster City School District Announces

Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

San Mateo, CA – July 17, 2011 – The San Mateo-Foster City School District today announced income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.   A copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party, is available. Click Here
Household size and income criteria are used to determine eligibility for free, reduced-price, or full-price meal benefits.  Application forms will be distributed to all households with a letter informing them of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for enrolled children.  Applications are also available at each school office.  To apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits, households must complete an application and return it to the school for processing.  If during the year a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, parents should contact the school as such changes may make children eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below eligibility levels. 


In accordance with Federal Law and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD).  The USDA is an equal opportunity provider.

Income Eligibility Guidelines
for Free and Reduced-Price Meals or Free Milk
in Child Nutrition Programs

Effective July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, participants from households with incomes at or below the following levels may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals or free milk.

Note: The new income calculations are based on annual figures and the following formulas: Monthly = annual income divided by 12; Twice Per Month = annual income divided by 24; Every Two Weeks = annual income divided by 26; and Weekly = annual income divided by 52. All dollar amounts are rounded up to the next whole dollar.

Free Eligibility Scale
Meals, Snacks, and Milk

Household Size



Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks


















































For each additional family member, add:

+ $4,966

+ $414

+ $207

+ $191

+ $96

Reduced-Price Eligibility Scale
Meals and Snacks

Household Size



Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks


















































For each additional family member, add:

+ $7,067

+ $589

+ $295


+ $136

  • A household of one means a child who is his or her sole support. Foster children are one-member households only if the welfare or the placement agency maintains legal responsibility for the child. Household is synonymous with family and means a group of related or unrelated individuals who are not residents of an institution of boarding house, but who are living as one economic unit sharing housing and all significant income and expenses. This scale does not apply to households that receive Food Stamps, Kin-Gap, Or FDPIR benefits or children who are recipients of CALWORKS. Those children are automatically eligible for free meal benefits.
  • In the Adult Care Component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program, a household includes the adult participant and, if residing with the participant, the spouse, and any persons who are economically dependent on the adult participant. This scale does not apply to members of Food Stamp households, or recipients of Supplemental Security Income, Medicaid/Medi-Cal, or Food Distribution Program On Indian Reservations benefits. Those participants are automatically eligible for free meal

For more information on this program, please contact Child Nutrition Services at

(650) 312-1968.

District Administrative Offices: 1170 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404 Phone: (650) 312-7700 Fax: (650) 312-7779