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New: Meals Applications for the 2015-16 are available online!
Meal Applications for the 2015-16 school year were mailed to all households on record in the Bakersfield City School District, however, Meal Applications will also be availalbe after August 15th at the Food and Nutrition Services office and at each School Site.
For those families seeking meal benefits a new Meal Application must be completed each new school year. Free and reduced price breakfasts and lunches are provided for qualifying students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs and Summer Food Service Program for Children.
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 cafeteria manager. 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.
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. However, a change in the 2011-12 regulations states that Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size