School Year 2023-24: Public Media Release for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

 Free Eligibility Scale for Breakfast, Lunch, and Milk


Household Size



Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks



$ 26,973

$ 2,248

$ 1,124

$ 1,038

$ 519


$ 36,482

$ 3,041

$ 1,521

$ 1,404

$ 702


$ 45,991

$ 3,883

$ 1,917

$ 1,769

$ 885


$ 55,500

$ 4,625

$ 2,313

$ 2,135

$ 1,068


$ 65,009

$ 5,418

$ 2,709

$ 2,501

$ 1,251


$ 74,518

$ 6,210

$ 3,105

$ 2,867

$ 1,434


$ 84,027

$ 7,003

$ 3,502

$ 3,232

$ 1,616


$ 93,536

$ 7,795

$ 3,898

$ 3,598

$ 1,799

For each additional family member, add:

$ 9,509

$ 793

$ 397

$ 366

$ 183


Households do not need to submit an application when the household receives a notification letter saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway, and children enrolled in their school's Head Start program are eligible for free meals. Contact school officials if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let school officials know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals. 

Households who want to apply for meal benefits must fill out one application for all children in the household and give it to the nutrition office at 10055 Slater Ave. Fountain Valley, CA 29708. 

For a simple and secure method to apply, use our online application located at:

Contact Ana Cortez-Salcedo at 714-843-3242 for help filling out the application. The school will let you know if your application is approved or denied for free or reduced-price meals

Households may turn in an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. Information on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. The last four digits of the Social Security number from any adult household or checking that you do not have a Social Security number is required if you include income on the application. 

Households receiving Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out the application.

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as household members if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If the non-foster children are not eligible, this does not keep foster children from receiving free meals

Your child's eligibility status from the last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days or until the school processes your new application or your child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, your child will have to pay full price for meals unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials do not have to send reminders or expired eligibility notices. 

If you disagree with the decision or verification results, you may discuss it with school officials. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official: Christine Fullerton, 10055 Slater Ave., Fountain Valley, CA 92708, (714) 843-3251 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 



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About the Fountain Valley School District


The Fountain Valley School District, founded in 1876, is comprised of 10 schools serving nearly 6,000 students from Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach. Fountain Valley School District seeks to promote a foundation for academic excellence, mastery of basic skills, responsible citizenship, and a desire by students to achieve their highest potential through a partnership with home and community. To learn more about the Fountain Valley School District, visit our website at