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Free & Reduced Meals

Meal applications make a difference

California has become the first state to pass a universal free school meals program for all public school students. Palo Alto Unified School District will provide two free meals (breakfast and lunch) during each school day to students requesting a meal, regardless of students’ free or reduced-price meal eligibility starting in 2022-2023 school year.  

Although all students may receive free meals without applying, we strongly encourage parents to apply as completion of these forms may bring significant additional funds to our schools; and qualify students for individual benefits such as discounts and/or waivers in college application fee, AP testing fee, internet services, summer programs, access to higher education scholarships, after school club scholarships, holiday gifts, and many other learning and enrichment opportunities. You or your children do not have to be United States citizens to qualify.


Families may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Learn more about the program and eligibility on this information sheet (Spanish).

Ways to apply

  1. Apply for Free & Reduced Meals Online or
  2. Download the application form (Spanish) or pick one up at any school site or at the district office and mail it to: 25 Churchill Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

Contact Us

Alva Spence
Student Nutrition Director

Denise Boggs
Student Nutrition Supervisor

Melanie Gomez
Student Nutrition Field Supervisor

Theresa Poon
Student Nutrition Clerk