Thursday, September 7, 2017

Why It's Important to Complete the LAUSD Application for Meal Benefits

Children from lower-income families may qualify for free or reduced-cost meals at school - just fill out the meal benefits application at You must fill out the application if your child is to receive free or reduced-cost meals throughout the school year.

But what you may not know is that the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced cost meals can determine how much federal funding your school receives.

If your child's school is a "Title I school," that means it qualifies for federal funding under a federal law called Title I. Qualification for Title I funding depends on the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced-cost meals at school.

For Title I schools, the meal application is vitally important since so much funding hinges on the number of students who qualify for benefits. The threshold to qualify as a Title I school changes from year to year, but has been around the 50% mark.

Even if you don't qualify for benefits, it helps your school if you complete the application because the administration is looking to capture all of those students who do qualify, and they'll only know that's happened if 100% of the applications are completed. If you are positive you won't qualify, there is a box you can check during the application process to state you are not applying for benefits.

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