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New 2012-2013 meal applications available now

  • Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals
    Free & Reduced Meal Applications Now Online!   
    West Contra Costa Unified School District is pleased to announce the availability of applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals online. The process is safe, secure, private and available anytime, anywhere. Click here to apply - click 'Continue to website' to start the application process

    Safe and Secure

    We use the highest level of data encryption available, meaning that your information is always safe and guarded.

    Private and Available

    Apply online in the comfort and privacy of your own home. The online service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anywhere there is an Internet connection.


    Your data is transmitted to the Food Services Office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing so you receive benefits faster.

    Go Green

    No more paper applications to complete and return to the school office. Applying online is convenient and good for the environment as well.

    Meal Application Online available in both English or Spanish

    If you would like to fill out a paper meal application, contact your child's school cafeteria or The Nutrition Center, (510) 307-4580.

    Meal Application

    The meal application process is federally mandated and the Food Services Division must follow all applicable regulations in order to continue to receive reimbursement funds. Each year the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division, must approve our meal application. Once approved, we begin the annual process of qualifying students for free and reduced meal benefits. We realize the process can often be quite confusing for parents and caregivers.

    Meal applications are available at your student’s school, WCCUSD Administration building, and WCCUSD Food Services Department at 750 Bissell Avenue, Richmond, CA

    Application processing assistance will be provided prior to the start of school at the following location:

    o    Nutrition Center, 750 Bissell avenue, Richmond, CA 94801, Daily from 8-4pm


    Online Meal Application

    Parents and guardians can submit a meal application online. The online application will be processed within 24 hours, and you will not have to fill out a paper application and mail it or hand it over to the Food Services Manager at your child's school. By clicking on the link you can access the online meal application. APPLY NOW 

    Click on the English/Espanol tab and choose the language you would like to use. In order to complete the application you will need:



    • Names, Dates of birth and school names for all WCCUSD students including any income information for them, if they have an income.
    • Names of all other household members with their income information.
    • Last 4 digits of the Social Security Number of person submitting the application or indicate “I do not have one” if you do not have a Social Security Number.
    • Just follow the instructions and provide the information being requested.
    • Lastly after the final review, click on the submit tab and finish the application.


    If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Food Services Division at 510-307-4580.


    Non-Pricing Schools for 2016-2017


    • Twenty three schools in the WCCUSD operate as non-pricing sites for breakfast and lunch and do not require that parents submit meal applications for their children who attend these sites for 2016-2017. All children attending these 23 locations will be provided meals at no charge:


    o    Bayview Elementary

    o    Chavez Elementary

    o    Coronado Elementary

    o    Dover Elementary

    o    Downer Elementary

    o    Ford Elementary

    o    Grant Elementary

    o    Highland Elementary

    o    King Elementary

    o    Lake Elementary

    o    Lincoln Elementary

    o    Montalvin Elementary

    o    Nystrom Elementary

    o    Peres Elementary

    o    Riverside Elementary

    o    Stege Elementary

    o    Verde Elementary

    o    Wilson Elementary

    o    Lavonya De Jean Middle

    o    Helms Middle

    o    Richmond High School

    o    Greenwood Academy

    o    Transition Program Vista Hills



    • Application processing assistance will be provided prior to the start of school at the following location:


    o    Nutrition Center, 750 Bissell avenue, Richmond, CA 94801, Daily from 8-4pm

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


    Q: Do I need to complete a meal application for each child?
    A: No. You need to complete only one application per household. Foster children residing with families are now considered as part of the family with which they reside. A separate application for each foster child is no longer needed.

    Q: How do I know if my household is eligible for free or reduced-price meals?
    A: Parents or guardians should complete the Meal Application at the beginning of each school year (or when the child enrolls) and return it promptly to the school or Nutrition Services Office. You will be sent a letter home from school informing you of your eligibility once it has been determined.

    Q: If I don’t have a Social Security number can I still complete an application?
    A: Yes. Complete the application and check the box next to “I do not have a social security number.”

    Q: Will other government agencies see my completed application?
    A: No. Completed applications are confidential.

    Q: Our family receives food stamps. Will my child automatically receive free meals?
    A: Not necessarily. Follow the instructions provided with the meal application and check the box next to the type of benefits received and write in the 7-character case number. Be sure to sign the application. If any family member receives county benefits, all students listed on the application, and who are members of the household, would be eligible for free meal benefits. The application must be approved prior to your child qualifying for free meals. Regulations allow up to 10 days for processing. You may purchase meals or provide meals from home until you are notified that your child has been approved for free meals.