Savanna Elementary School District

Online Free and Reduced Application

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Dear Parent or Guardian:
The Savanna School District takes part in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Meals are served every school day. Your child(ren) may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Students may buy meals for the following prices:

  Breakfast Lunch
All Schools $1.50 $2.50
Reduced Meal Prices $0.30 $0.40

Meals may be purchased in advance at the school cafeterias. Students eligible for free or reduced prices meals in June of the previous school year will maintain their eligibility for 30 school days into the upcoming school year.

If your household receives CalFresh/SNAP (formerly Food Stamps), CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR benefits, YOU MAY NOT NEED TO COMPLETE A MEAL APPLICATION. If school officials are able to directly certify your child(ren)’s eligibility for free meals, you will receive a letter prior to the first day of school. The child’s name at school must match the county/state records exactly. If you are not notified for all of your children by the first day of school, please contact the Nutrition Services Office.

A foster care child who is the legal responsibility of the welfare agency or ward of the court may be eligible to receive meals free regardless of their “Personal Use Income” or your income. Personal use income is (a) money given by the welfare office identified by category for the child’s personal use, such as clothing, school fees, and allowances; and (b) all other money the child receives, such as money from family and earnings from full-time or regular part-time employment. You may now include non-foster children on the same application to qualify for free or reduced price meals, based on household size and income.

If your total household income is the same or less than the amounts on the income scale on the reverse side of the meal application, your child may receive meals free or at a reduced price. Household means a group of related or non-related individuals who are living as one economic unit and sharing living expenses. Living expenses include rent, clothes, food, doctor bills, and utility bills.


You must complete a new application EVERY year.  Parents are encouraged to apply online at www.savsd.org. Click on the Apply Online! tab under Child Nutrition Services to access the application.  Paper applications are available if needed and can be requested by contacting Elizabeth Banuelos at the Savanna School District office or 714-236-3824.The application cannot be approved and may be returned if it contains incomplete eligibility information. You may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but your income goes down, you lose your job, your family size becomes larger, or you become eligible for CalFresh/SNAP, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR benefits, you may submit an application at that time.

A household of one means a pupil who is his/her sole support.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROGRAM ON INDIAN RESERVATIONS (FDPIR) — Households participating in the FDPIR are categorically eligible for free meals. The FDPIR is authorized by Section 4(b) of the Food Stamp Act of 1977. Under this section, eligible households may elect to participate in either the CalFresh/SNAP Program or the FDPIR. Since households are afforded the option to participate in either program, FDPIR households have been determined to receive the same categorical benefits as CalFresh/SNAP households.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER — The application must have the last 4 digits of the social security number of the adult who signs it. If the adult does not have a social security number, check "none" in the box next to the SS# space to show that the adult does not have a social security number. If a CalFresh/SNAP, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR case number for the child is listed, or if the application is for a foster child only, a social security number is not required.

VERIFICATION — School officials may check the information on the application at any time during the school year. You may be asked to send information to prove your income, or current eligibility for CalFresh/SNAP, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR benefits. Refer to the application for more detailed explanation.

MEALS FOR DISABLED — If you believe your child needs a food substitute or texture modification because of a disability, please contact the school. A child with a disability is entitled to a special meal at no extra charge if the disability prevents the child from eating the regular school meal.

WIC PARTICIPANTS — If you currently receive benefits under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program, your child may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. You are encouraged to complete an application and return it to the school for processing.

NONDISCRIMINATION — Children who receive free or reduced-priced meals must be treated in the same manner as those children who pay full price for their meals.

FAIR HEARING — If you do not agree with the Nutrition Services Department’s decision regarding your application or the result of verification, you may discuss it with the Nutrition Services Office. You also have the right to a fair hearing. A fair hearing may be requested by calling or writing Elizabeth Banuelos, elizabeth.banuelos@savsd.org, (714) 236-3824.

CONFIDENTIALITY — Family size, household income, and social security number information will remain confidential and will not be shared for any purpose. Information you provide will determine your child(ren)’s eligibility to receive free or reduced-price meals.

If you have any questions or need assistance in completing the application, please contact Elizabeth Banuelos, elizabeth.banuelos@savsd.org, (714) 236-3824.

To obtain the results of your online application after it has been processed, please go to the Savanna School District website, www.savsd.org, and click on the School Lunch Status link under Child Nutrition Services.  Please allow up to 3-10 business days for processing.  You will need to have either the confirmation number from your application or your student’s ID number.

Elizabeth Banuelos,


(714) 236-3824

Director of Food Services


School Year 2017-2018
Public Media Release for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Savanna School District announces its policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.


                                                          FEDERAL INCOME CHART                                                            for School Year 2017-2018

Household Size Annual Monthly Twice Per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly
No. of Household Members  Free  Reduced  Free  Reduced  Free  Reduced  Free  Reduced  Free  Reduced
1  $15,678    $22,311   $1,307  $1,860 $654 $930 $603 $859  $302 $430 
2 $21,112 $30,044  $1,760 $2,504 $880 $1,252 $812 $1,156 $406 $578
3 $26,546 $37,777 $2,213 $3,149 $1,107 $1,575 $1,021 $1,453 $511 $727
4 $31,980 $45,510 $2,665 $3,793 $1,333 $1,897 $1,230 $1,751 $615 $876
5 $37,414 $53,243 $3,118 $4,437 $1,559 $2,219 $1,439 $2,048 $720 $1,024
6 $42,848 $60,976 $3,571 $5,082 $1,786 $2,541 $1,648 $2,346 $824 $1,173
7 $48,282 $68,709 $4,024 $5,726 $2,012 $2,863 $1,857 $2,643 $929 $1,322
8 $53,716 $76,442 $4,477 $6,731 $2,239 $3,186 $2,066 $2,941 $1,033 $1,471
For each additional family member, add +$5,434 +$7,733 +$453 +$645 +$227 +$323 +$209 +$298 +$105 +$149


Households do not need to turn in an application when the household receives a notification letter saying that all children automatically qualify for free meals when any household member receives benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR. Children who meet the definition of foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway are eligible for free meals. Contact school officials if any child in the household is not on the notification letter. The household must let school officials know if they do not want to receive free or reduced-price meals.

Households that want to apply for meal benefits, must fill out one application for all children in the household. For a simple and secure method to apply, use our online application at http://www.savsd.k12.ca.us/#. Contact Elizabeth Banuelos at 714-236-3824 if you need help filling out the application. A paper application is available up request. 

Households may submit an application at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but your household income goes down, household size goes up, or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may turn in an application at that time. Information given on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. The last four digits of the Social Security number from any adult household or checking that you do not have a Social Security number is required if you include income on the application.

Households that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application.

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If the non-foster children are not eligible, this does not keep foster children from receiving free meals.

Your child’s eligibility status from last school year will continue into the new school year for up to 30 school days or until the school processes your new application, or your child is otherwise certified for free or reduced-price meals. After the 30 school days, your child will have to pay full price for meals, unless the household receives a notification letter for free or reduced-price meals. School officials do not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices.

If you do not agree with the decision or results of verification, you may discuss it with school officials. You also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling or writing the hearing official: Assistant Superintendent, 1330 S. Knott Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92804, 714-236-3800.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, please contact one of the following agencies:

1. Nutrition Program Civil Rights and Program Complaint Coordinator, California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division, 1430 N Street, Room 4503, Sacramento, CA 95814-2342 or call (916) 323-8531 or (800) 952-5609

2.  U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, (866) 632-9992, (800) 877-8339 (Federal Relay Service – English), (800) 845-6136 (Federal Relay Service – Spanish), fax (202) 690-7442, or email program.intake.usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.