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Free and Reduced-Price Meals

What is the free and reduced meal program?

AUSD offers free or reduced-price meals to students whose families are low income. Under this program, which is subsidized by the National School Lunch program, students can receive breakfast for 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.

Your children also may qualify for free or reduced price meals if: 

  • Your family receives Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Your family receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Your family is homeless or has migrant workers or your child is a runaway
  • Your child is enrolled in an eligible Head Start, Even Start or pre-kindergarten class
  • Your child is a foster child 

Families that receive Food Stamps (FS), CalWORKS, KinGAP or FDPIR benefits are automatically qualified for free school meals.


Please contact Food & Nutrition Services at 337-7079 to determine if you need to fill out an application.

Online Application for free & reduced meals

apply for free and reduced meal benefits online

AUSD's online application for Free & Reduced Meals allows families to translate the application. 

school meal application
Free & Reduced Meals for Families of Federal Workers

Are you a federal worker who is having trouble paying for food for your AUSD student(s) because of the government shutdown? You can apply for Free and Reduced Meals on our Food and Nutrition Services page. Enter "0" in the field that asks for current income. When the government shutdown ends (and you begin receiving income again), please contact us to update your information.

Benefits of Free & Reduced-Prices Meals

In addition to receiving healthy meals that can be crucial to a developing child's physical, mental, and emotional health, students in the FRPM program are eligible for:

  • Reduced fees for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) fee waivers
  • American College Testing (ACT) waivers of basic registration fees 
  • Reduced fees for Advanced Placement exams
  • Free college applications
  • Discounts on SAT prep classes
Non-Discrimination Policy

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online here or at and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:


U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax:  (202) 690-7442

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.