Meal Applications

Free and reduced-priced meals are available to families who qualify. 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. 

How to apply

If your family chooses to apply, please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Application Form." You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification, you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money. 

Note: Only complete one application per family

For San Jose Charter Academy families, please use the San Jose Charter Academy website to apply.

Eligibility Factors

Factors considered in the application process: 

  • 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.  However, a change in the regulations states that Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.

Income Eligibility Guidelines

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

Household Size Year Month Bi-monthly Bi-weekly Weekly
1 $22,459 $1,872 $936 $864 $432
2 $30,451 $2,538 $1,269 $1,172 $586
3 38443 3204 1602 1479 740
4 46435 3870 1935 1786 893
5 54427 4536 2268 2094 1047
6 62419 5202 2601 2401 1201
7 70411 5868 2934 2709 1355
8 78403 6534 3267 3016 1508
Each additional
member, add
7992 666 333 308 154

Note: The eligibility guidelines change every school year. However, you do not need to fill out a new application if you still qualify for the meal benefits.

Income Conversion: 

  • Weekly Income x 52 = Annual Income
  • Bi-weekly Income x 26 = Annual Income
  • Bi-monthly Income x 24 = Annual Income

How to Pay



Please take advantage of the options to prepay your student's meal accounts. Parents are encouraged to prepay for their students' meals by depositing money in their student's accounts. 

Prepaid meal accounts help the lunch lines go faster and gives students more time to eat, relax, and play. This helps to speed up the lunch lines by minimizing cash transactions, lost lunch money and making change. It also gives you the peace of mind of not having to worry about looking for lunch money every day or worry that it might get lost, stolen or used for other things other than lunch.

Prepayment Options for your convenience include:

  1. Making a payment online
  2. Sending check or cash to school with your child in a sealed labeled pre-payment envelope. (You can print out a preformatted envelope below)
  3. Mailing in a check along with the mail-in form

Every student in WCUSD has a nutrition services account that they access when they eat in the school cafeteria by using their student identification number either by student ID card swipe or by a PIN Pad. Every student's account is uniquely identified by name, student number, homeroom and student photo.

For San Jose Charter Academy families, please use the San Jose Charter Academy website to apply.



You can always bring money personally or send it with your student. Please place it in an envelope marked clearly with your student's name, their ID #, their teacher's name, the $ amount and the check #. Turn in prepaid deposits to the cafeteria cashier(s) or school office.