Free & Reduced Meals
Students may be qualified to receive school meals for FREE, or at a Reduced-Price rate of $0.30 for Breakfast and $0.40 for Lunch. Eligibility may be determined via Direct Certification, or by submitting a household meal application.
Students may be directly certified for free or reduced-price meals without further application if a household member receives CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps), CalWORKS, Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Medi-Cal benefits. Children known to the district to be homeless, migrant, foster, or runaway are also directly certified. Notification letters are mailed to directly certified households prior to the start of the school year. If you participate in any of these programs but did NOT receive a letter stating your child(ren)’s automatic qualification for Free or Reduced-Price meals, please contact Food and Nutrition Services..
Meal eligibility must be renewed each school year! For returning students, prior year eligibility for free or reduced-price meals expires after September 30, unless requalified before the deadline. Eligibility is based upon household size compared with total household income. Please submit only one application per household- even if you have children at different schools in the District. All families are encouraged to apply. Online and paper applications are accepted year-round.
1) Apply Online
Coast Unified is making it easier for families to apply for free or reduced-price school meals! Click below to complete an application through MySchoolApps. It’s fast, secure, and confidential.
2) Complete a Paper Application
Applications are available at your child’s school office or Cafeteria. You may also print a blank copy below. Be sure to provide all necessary information, including an adult signature. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
If you need assistance or have questions about completing your application, contact Food and Nutrition Services.
Click for a list of locations where children may receive free nutritious meals during school vacation and off-track periods.