How does your School Lunch Program application help your school?
Schools who qualify can expand their budgets to better provide for students.
DUSD may receive more funding per student — funding that goes back into our schools.
Schools may receive funding for afterschool programs.
Middle schools with high application counts can assist their feeder elementary schools in qualifying for benefits.
More than just a school lunch!
Discount on home internet costs
Qualify for food benefits including Food Stamps
SAT, ACT, AP Fees
Discount on fees for academic tests
College App Fees
Discount on fees associated with applying to college
Discount on bus passes
How are school meals beneficial to your child?
Provides a balanced meal
Students who participate in the school meal programs consume more milk, fruits, and vegetables, and have a better intake of nutrients than nonparticipants.
Better focus and retention
74% of kids say school meals help them focus and behave in the classroom.
Improved performance on tests
71% of kids say school meals help their grades.
Fewer disciplinary problems
48% of teachers noticed better disciplinary behavior when students have breakfast.
When kids come to school hungry, they visit the school nurse more often due to stomachaches and headaches, and they have a harder time paying attention and retaining information in class. Students who struggle with hunger are also likely to be sick more often and slower to recover from illness, leading to missed school days. Attendance is important. Research shows that students who attend class more regularly are 20% more likely to graduate from high school. Most importantly, proper nutrition during childhood can positively affect a child’s social behaviors and development. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain from applying for free or reduced-price school lunches for your child. Let’s get their school year off to the right start.
Eating a healthy breakfast in the morning is linked to improved concentration, increased energy, and better test scores. It is important to us that each Downey Unified student has the opportunity to start the school day on the right foot.
We are proud to offer free breakfast & lunch for all Downey Unified students.