More than 80 percent of the students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are eligible to receive free or reduced-priced meals every school day. To continue to meet the needs of the students, LAUSD continues to support and participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The household size and income criteria are used to determine a student’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meal benefits. Children from households with incomes at or below eligible levels may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Children who receive CAL Fresh, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments (KinGAP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible for free meals, regardless of the income of the household in which they reside. No meal application is necessary. These households are notified of their status by the Food Services Division of LAUSD. If any child was not listed on the eligibility notice, the household can contact the Food Services Division to have the benefits extended to the child or children not listed.

Children documented under the Foster and/or Migrant programs, documented as Homeless and/or Runaways are also automatically eligible for free meals. These households will be notified of their status by the Food Services Division of LAUSD.

Meal applications are mailed to all LAUSD households and are also available at the main office at each school. Families can also submit the meal application online at