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Meal Application Information


All Students must reapply for free and reduced-price meal benefits each school year!
  • Applications cannot be completed prior to July 1 for the upcoming school year. School year applications must be submitted between July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 
  • Only complete one application per family. The information you provide us is strictly confidential and will only be used to determine your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals.
  • Applications may be completed by paper or online at:
    • Online meal applications available in English, Spanish, Chinese
    • The District Office and School offices have a computer available to complete this online application
  • You will be notified either by email/mail of your child’s status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money. If you submitted an application and have not received a response letter, by 10 business days, contact Nutrition Services at 619-825-5600 x2601.
  • If your student(s) was on free or reduced meals last school year, your student will continue to receive free or reduced meals for only the first 30 school days of school. Carryover benefits will end September 29, 2021 and the status will be changed to paid. Once this occurs students will need to pay full price for their lunch meals.
  • The USDA will not back pay for meals purchased prior to eligibility determination and therefore the parent/guardian is responsible for paying these charges.

Direct Certification - If you are receiving CalWORKs OR CalFresh (previously Food Stamps), you may receive a letter indicating your student's free meal eligibility. No further action is necessary. If you are receiving CalWORKs/CalFresh but did not receive an eligibility letter from the Lemon Grove School District by August 21st, please complete a meal application.
The online meal application is available in English, Spanish and Chinese 
Confidential notification of meal eligibility status will be sent via email or the United States Postal Service. Please make sure your household's correct email and mailing address are on the application and given to the school office.    

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 website at


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 website at

Families that qualify for free or reduced meals may also qualify for WIC. To learn more about WIC and find out if you qualify click on the link below