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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I just use a copy of last year's paper application and write my current information on it?

Applications for the 2017-18 school year are not elligible for approval until after July 1, 2017. The 2015-16 application or any other prior year's application cannot legally be used for approval for the 2016-17 School Year.

Where can I find an application?

Paper copies of the 2016-17 application are available in our Nutrition Services Office, all cafeterias, and at each school office. Our online application is available in seven languages at

I have children attending different schools in IUSD, do I need to fill out a different application for each of them?

One application per household may be filled out, whether or not the children are at different schools in the district.

We are moving to IUSD from another district nearby and were approved for Free Meals there, do I need to fill out another application?

Applications from other districts are non-transferrable. A new application must be filled out upon entering IUSD.

Our family has been on the Reduced Program every year, do we have to apply every school year?

Due to eligibility guidelines that change annually, a new application must be filled out for each household every school year.


The following Irvine Unified schools are currently participating in the School Breakfast Program:

Brywood Elementary Jeffrey Trail Middle School

College Park Elementary

Lakeside Middle School
Culverdale Elementary Rancho San Joaquin Middle School
Eastshore Elementary Sierra Vista Middle School
Northwood Elementary South Lake Middle School
Oak Creek Elementary Venado Middle School
Plaza Vista School  
Springbrook Elementary Creekside High School
Stonegate Elementary Irvine High School
University Park Elementary Northwood High School
Vista Verde Elementary Portola High School
Westpark Elementary University High School
Woodbury Elementary Woodbridge High School

What are the nutritional requirements for school breakfasts?

School breakfasts must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans which recommend that no more than 30 percent of an individual’s calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. In addition, breakfasts must provide one‐fourth of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and calories. The decisions about what specific food to serve and how they are prepared are made by our district Nutritionist and Director of Nutrition Services.

How do children qualify for free or reduced price breakfasts?

Any child attending school may purchase a meal through the School Breakfast Program. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced‐price meals.  Children from families over 185 percent of poverty pay full price.

What is included in a school breakfast meal?

A breakfast meal includes an grain, milk, and a fruit.  In order for a student’s breakfast to be counted as a free, reduced price, or complete meal, they must take at least grain and must take a fruit. Please see our breakfast menu to see what items are included in a meal.