More than a Meal
The free meal program determines resources and services for RCSD students in a variety of areas in addition to children having access to healthy and nutritious meals at school. Depending on the number of families who complete the survey, it will determine several other services and resources such as school library services, school funding, internet access, and teacher grants.
Filling out this application helps RCSD maintain these services for students. Parents who have questions about the application or Child Nutrition Services can contact 650-482-2279.
Services and Resources Dependent on Free and Reduced Meal Application
The universal service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” provides discounts of up to 90 percent to help eligible schools and libraries across the United States obtain affordable telecommunications and internet access. The program is intended to ensure that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services. RCSD school libraries participate in this program.
Every student who is under a certain income, learning English, or in foster care generates 20% more funding as additional services are needed to help students in these categories thrive. In school districts where at least 55% of students are high-need, they receive even more funding. The dollars generated by high-need students help increase or improve services for low-income students, English learners, and foster youth.
Through a partnership with Comcast, the Internet Essentials Program provides internet service for less than $10 a month for qualifying RCSD families. The program also provides the opportunity to purchase a laptop or desktop computer for $149 and free classes to assist in learning internet basics.
Teachers typically apply for grants to make a special project or learning experience possible at their school. Organizations that review teacher applications, such as the ACES grant, will typically ask for or check the school’s or district’s “F&R” (Free and Reduced) rate and use it as a deciding factor on the teacher earning the award.