Free and Reduced Meal Program

National School Lunch Program Application forms are in every school student summer packet. In addition, applications are available in your school office. The information received from the application is critical to the district and is used to determine eligibility for additional funding. All information is confidential. The completion of the Free and Reduced Priced Meal Program Application may also determine the student’s eligibility for subsidized bus tickets and/or a reduction in the cost of Advanced Placement exams. If you are eligible for Free or Reduced Priced Meals, a new form must be completed each year. Free meals are at no charge and reduced priced lunches cost $.40 per day.

It is the goal of the Carpinteria Unified School District Food Services Department to ensure that all students are receiving proper nutrition each school day.  Breakfast and lunch are prepared and made available to all students daily in each school’s cafeteria under one of three plans: the full-price plan, the reduced-price plan, or the free meal plan.  The full-price plan signifies that the student is required to purchase meals and other nutritional menu items at the full cafeteria menu price.

Before the beginning of each school year, all parents will receive, and are responsible for completing, an application for the National School Lunch Program if they believe they might be eligible.  Unless an application for the National School Lunch Program is received by Food Services, students will be expected to pay for their meals under the full-price plan. Parents must submit these applications as quickly as possible so that eligibility status can be activated promptly.

If a parent has not submitted an application and their child is without the funds necessary to purchase food in the cafeteria, the cafeteria manager will allow that student to obtain three meals without payment.  The cafeteria manager will, however, enter the cost of these “grace-period” meals into the student’s account record as money the student owes to the school cafeteria.

After two of the grace-period meals have been served, and the student is still without the money to pay for meals, the Cafeteria Manager will contact Food Services. Food Services will then contact the student’s parent to: inform them of the situation in the cafeteria; inform them of the availability of the National School Lunch Program; and, provide assistance to the parent in completing their application, if necessary.

Except for the three grace period meals just noted, the cafeteria will generally not provide meals to students who do not have the funds to pay or do not have funds in their account.

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, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

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 responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or 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 discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint 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: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por: (1) correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; o (3) correo electrónico:

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Esta institución es un proveedor de igualdad de oportunidades.

Por favor, recuerde que la declaración de nondiscriminación no se puede modificar. La versión corta de la declaración sólo se puede utilizar en documentos tales como folletos, y volantes, ya que son por naturaleza de una página documentos.

Si usted tiene alguna pregunta con respecto a este tema, por favor póngase en contacto con Shirley Rodas por teléfono al 916-323-8521 o 800-952-5609, Opción 2, o por correo electrónico a



    Janet Velarde Loubet
    Food Services Supervisor
    805-684-4511 x 231

    Arna Crittenden
    CHS Cafeteria Manager

    Lynn Gibson
    CMS Cafeteria Manager

    Julie Hathaway
    Canalino Cafeteria Manager

    Reese Martinez   
    Aliso Cafeteria Manager