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Universal Meals Program

Beginning in School Year (SY) 2022–23, Wright Elementary School District will participate in the Universal Meals Program. California’s Universal Meals Program is designed to build on the foundations of the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). View the CEP Approval Letter


"Free nutritionally adequate breakfast and lunch for all children each school day."


Which students are eligible for the California Universal Meals Program?
All students attending public school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools are eligible. Exceptions exist for nonclassroom-based charter schools. Each student may request a breakfast and lunch at no charge regardless of their eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. 2023-24 Proof of Free Meals Letter to Parents

Does the California Universal Meals Program require that breakfast be offered to students in the Classroom or after the bell?
No, the California Universal Meals Program states that breakfast must be offered, but does not mandate the breakfast model that local education agencies (LEAs) utilize. LEAs can choose which breakfast model best fits their school site needs. Breakfast After the Bell and the Breakfast in the Classroom are recommended as best practices because participation is shown to increase under these models.

Why do I need to fill out an Alternative Income Form if the meals are free this year?

The purpose of the alternate income form is to identify that a student’s household meets the income eligibility criteria so that they may be included in the LEA’s unduplicated pupil count used to determine supplemental and concentration grants under Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Alternate income forms were developed to be used for LCFF purposes in instances when schools do not need to collect meal applications (e.g., an LEA operating Community Eligibility Provision). LEAs that are not operating provisions will continue to be required to collect household meal applications under the California Universal Meals Program.

For more information on the Universal Meal Program visit the CDE Nutrition Webiste.

Nondiscrimination Statement Versión en Español Disponible aquí

And Justice for All

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

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

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: USDA Complaint Form, from any USDA office, by calling 866-632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    833-256-1665 or 202-690-7442; or
  3. email: