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If you receive food stamps, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWorks), or benefits from the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), your child may receive free meals at school. We encourage you to apply by filling out a brief application.

How to Apply - Online Application Process

The Chula Vista Elementary School District is making it easier for families to apply for free or reduced price school meals.

The online application:

* Ensure that application is completely filled out.
* Provides application in English or Spanish.
* Keeps data secure and confidential.
* Accelerates the application review process and the determination of your child's eigibility status.

You can complete and submit an application in minutes from any internet enabled computer. To access this application click here or the apple slice. It is that easy!

How to Apply - Paper Application Process

To be considered for free or reduced price meals for your child(ren), complete an application. Paper applications are available at your school site or the Child Nutrition Office, located at 84 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA 91910. Please return the completed application to the school office or CNS Office.

Eligibility Determination Criteria

Eligibility is based on the household income and number of people living in the home.


Use SchoolCafé to manage your child's cafeteria account, make payments, view purchase history, receive low balance alerts, and view school menus. For convenience, setup automatic payments to replenish their cafeteria funds. Learnf what is being served in the school cafeteria and provide feedback by rating and sharing items. To help your child know if their favorite item is on the menu, you can favorite items and SchoolCafé will send you a notification before school starts so that you can help remind them it's on the menu.

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