Apply for Free, Discount Student Meals

Apply for Free, Discount Student Meals

The Alameda Unified School District offers free or reduced-price nutritious meals to students from low-income families every school day under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program or the Afterschool Snack Program. Through June 30, 2020, families with household incomes less than or equal to the federal guidelines are eligible. 

Students can receive breakfast for as little as 30 cents (or free) and lunch for 40 cents (or free), depending on their family’s income level. Information about which students participate in this program and their family’s income is strictly confidential.

Changes to household income or size can affect eligibility, families may apply whenever they qualify.

Households automatically qualify when any household member receives benefits from CalFresh or CalWorks. Also children who meet the definition of: foster, homeless, migrant or runaway and children enrolled in the Head Start program are automatically eligible for free meals. Children also may qualify for free or reduced price meals if their family receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps or Kin-GAP benefits. A qualifying household is required to let school officials know if they do not wish to receive the free meals.

Applications, available from must be submitted to the nutrition office at 2060 Challenger Dr. Or complete everything online at  

Other Benefits
In addition to receiving healthy meals crucial to a developing child’s physical, mental and emotional health, students in the program are eligible for:

  • Reduced fees for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) fee waivers
  • Waivers of basic registration fees for American College Testing
  • Reduced fees for Advanced Placement exams
  • Free college applications
  • Discounts on SAT preparatory classes

Contact Andrea Assia, Food & Nutrition Services, at 337-7079 for help with an application.