Answers to Questions About Free and Reduced-Price Meals
- When can I fill out an application for the next school year?
- When can I fill out an application for the next school year? In mid-July.
- Do I need to fill out a new application every year?
- Do I need to fill out a new application every year? Yes, if you want your child(ren) to receive free or reduced-price meals. The National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs receive State and federal funds. These programs have extensive rules and requirements. The District must have a current application on file each year for every student who participates in either Program in order to receive the State and federal funds.
- Can I fill out an application online?
- Can I fill out an application online? Yes. Click Reduced-Price Meals above to find the link to apply online.
- Where can I get an application?
- Where can I get an application? Applications are available at the Nutrition Services Office, School Office, and at the lobby at the District Office. You may also ask that an application be mailed to your home by calling 714-447-7435.
- Where do I turn in my application?
- Where do I turn in my application? Turn your application in at the Nutrition Services Office or at the School Office. You may also submit by mail. Sending or turning in your application elsewhere delays the process or may result in loss of the application form.
- Can someone drop off my application for me?
- Can someone drop off my application for me? Yes. If the application is complete and written in black or blue ink, it will be processed. If it is incomplete or filled out in an unacceptable color of ink, it will be rejected. Applications must be signed by a parent or guardian who resides in the household.
- When is the deadline for turning in an application?
- When is the deadline for turning in an application? Applications are accepted throughout the school year. Remember that it takes up to (10) school days to process your application, so plan accordingly.
- Does last year's application carry over into the new year?
- Does last year's application carry over into the new year? Yes, but only for the first 15 days. This allows for time for parents to catch-up with their new school-year paperwork. HINT: Don't wait to turn in your new application. Remember that applications can take up to (10) ten school days to process.
- How long does it take to process my application after your office receives it?
- How long does it take to process my application after your office receives it? It can take up to (10) ten school days. The time required varies depending on the number of applications received and problems with missing information, etc., that needs to be solved prior to completing the actual processing. If there is a problem with your application, it may be returned to you by mail. You may be asked to return to our office in person. Incomplete applications delay the process.
- Other school districts don't use this type of computer application. Why does Fullerton School District use it?
- Other school districts don't use this type of computer application. Why does Fullerton School District use it? The Fullerton School District must send reports to the State and Federal governments about the meal programs. The most accurate and expeditious way to provide these reports is the computerized method currently being used.
- Should I complete one application per child?
- Should I complete one application per child? No. Complete one application for the household, and include ALL members of your household. Include foster/institutionalized children on the household application.
- How can I get an application?
- How can I get an application? Parents/Guardians can get an application either in person or by mail. Applications are available at our Nutrition Services Office or at the School Office. To request an application by mail, please call 714-447-7435. Applications are available at the school sites for new students, but applications should be submitted to the Nutrition Office either in person or by mail; and, yes, until your application has been processed, your students will need to pay full-price for the meals they purchase unless they receive the emergency meal.
- Do I have to pay full-price for their meals until the application has been processed?
- Do I have to pay full-price for their meals until the application has been processed? Yes, until your application has been processed, your students will need to pay full-price for the meals they purchase unless they receive the emergency meal.
- Does the District automatically mail applications to all students each year?
- Does the District automatically mail applications to all students each year? The District mails an application information packet every year in July to the homes of all students expected to continue attending the Fullerton School District. This packet contains information about applying online and by paper application. The packet includes a post card to be used to request that a paper application be mailed to the address written on the post card. Remember to notify your school whenever your address changes.
If your family received multiple information packets by mail, please email Terri Gonzalez and explain that you received multiple application packets. In the email, provide the names of all of your children so they can be grouped as a family for future mailings. This helps the District reduce printing and postage expense, and it also helps to reduce environmental waste.
- Do you accept applications for Fullerton Joint Union High School District?
- Do you accept applications for Fullerton Joint Union High School District? No. The Fullerton School District includes Kindergarten through the 8th grade only. Click here for their website
- My child transferred to the Fullerton School District from another school district. Can you just transfer the information from that district so I don't have to fill out an application?
- My child transferred to the Fullerton School District from another school district. Can you just transfer the information from that district so I don't have to fill out an application? The Fullerton School District is only allowed to share application information with other districts under certain circumstances. A recent change in California's Education Code allows this sharing of meal benefit elibility among school districts exclusively for the purpose of providing meal benefits. Please contact your school district if you have questions about this policy.
- Do I have to provide my Social Security Number?
- Do I have to provide my Social Security Number? Applicants must supply the last four (4) digits of their Social Security Number. See the following Privacy Act information. Exceptions to this rule are applications for foster children and those who qualify based on program participation. See the next question for further information.
- What is the Privacy Act regarding the National School Lunch Program?
- What is the Privacy Act regarding the National School Lunch Program? The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires that you submit the information requested on the application. You do not have to provide the information. If you do not provide it, Nutrition Services office cannot approve your application for free or reduced-price meals. You must include the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult household member who signs the application. The Social Security Number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Food Stamp, CalWORKs Case Number, Kin-GAP Case Number, or FDPIR Case Number on your application. We will use your information to determine if your child(ren) is/are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs.
- Do I have to list all of my household's income, or can I just write an amount that I know will qualify my students for free meals?
- Do I have to list all of my household's income, or can I just write an amount that I know will qualify my students for free meals? You must be honest when completing your application. Your signature means that you certify that all of the information provided is true and correct and that all income is reported. Also, you understand that this information is given in connection with the receipt of Federal funds, that school officials may verify the information on the application, and that deliberate misrepresentation of the information may subject you to prosecution under applicable State and Federal laws.
- How will I know the results of my application?
- How will I know the results of my application? It takes approximately (10) ten school days to process a school lunch application.
If you submit your application by mail, drop-off, or online, a letter will be mailed to you after the application has been processed.
You may call the Nutrition Services Office and check on your application at any time between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the normal school year whenever school is in session.
IN EITHER CASE, THE RESULTS OF THE APPLICATION MAY NOT BECOME EFFECTIVE FOR UP TO TEN SCHOOL DAYS.
- My family is homeless. We live in a car/shelter/motel/park or have made other living arrangements while we don't have a permanent home. How can we get help?
- My family is homeless. We live in a car/shelter/motel/park or have made other living arrangements while we don't have a permanent home. How can we get help? Contact Kathy Ikola at the District Office as soon as possible. Ms. Ikola's phone number is 714-447-7528. Information is available from Ms. Ikola's office regarding emergency shelter, clothing, meals, counseling, and a number of other goods and services.
Also, specify "H" for homeless when completing your Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals.
Emergency meals are provided at every school for currently-enrolled students. Your student must ask for the emergency meal. For further information, contact the Nutrition Office.
- What is verification?
- What is verification? Verification is an application review process that school districts must perform at least annually if they participate in the National School Lunch Program. This process requires the random selection of applications that must be reviewed by the school official. Parents/Guardians must produce the required documents and respond within the timeframe, or the free/reduced-price meal benefits of their household are terminated for the current school year. The household can only become eligibile for benefits during that school year by complying with the verification requirements.
- Is it possible to be chosen for verification more than once?
- Is it possible to be chosen for verification more than once? Yes. Although the selection of households is random, it is possible that your household may be selected more than once. Verification may occur at any time during the school year. The District is required to verify all questionable applications during any school year (verification "for cause").
- How can I complain about the verification results?
- How can I complain about the verification results? Instructions for filing a complaint about the District's decision regarding verification appear in the verification results letter, which is mailed to the student's home. You may discuss it with Nutrition Services at 714-447-7435. You also have the right to a fair hearing. A fair hearing may be requested by calling or writing the following school official: Mrs. Susan Hume, Fullerton School District, 389 W. Truslow Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832 (714) 447-7435.
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
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