Free & Reduced Price Meals

Free & Reduced Price Meal Program


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I just use a copy of last year's paper application and write my current information on it?
Applications from prior school years cannot legally be used for the current school year.

Where can I find an application?
Paper copies of the 2017-18 application are available in our Nutrition Services Office, all cafeterias, and at each school office. 
Our online application is available 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 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, why do we have to reapply?
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:

Elementary Schools
Middle Schools
Beacon Park K-8 School
Jeffrey Trail Middle School
Brywood Elementary 
Lakeside Middle School
College Park Elementary 
Rancho San Joaquin  Middle School
Culverdale Elementary 
Sierra Vista Middle School
Cypress Village Elementary 
South Lake Middle School
Deerfield Elementary 
Venado Middle School
Eastshore Elementary 
Greentree Elementary 
High Schools
Northwood Elementary 
Creekside High
Oak Creek Elementary 
Irvine High
Plaza Vista K-8 School
Northwood High
Springbrook Elementary
Portola High
Stonegate Elementary
University High
University Park Elementary
Vista Verde K-8 School
Westpark Elementary
Woodbridge High
Woodbury Elementary

What are the nutrition requirements for school breakfasts?
School breakfasts must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans which recommends 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 a 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 a grain item and must take a fruit. Please see our breakfast menu to see what items are included in a meal.

When is breakfast served at my student's school?
Breakfast meals are served during snack break at the elementary schools that serve breakfast.
Breakfast meals are served before school and during snack break at Culverdale Elementary School and at the Middle School and High School level.


Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act

Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its Web site at


You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its Web site at