AUSD Launches New Online Application for Meals Program!
The Arcadia Unified School District has launched a new online application for its meals program. For each student who qualifies for free or reduced-priced meals, the savings can equal more than $1,400 per school year. Under the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) adopted by the state, school districts will also receive additional money for each student who qualifies.
“This great program is really a win-win for everyone involved,” said Director of Nutrition Services Dr. Brook Reynolds. “The students are provided with healthy and nutritious meals, our parents can save a significant amount of money, and now with the new funding model our district will get additional money from the state for every student who qualifies.”
AUSD is encouraging students and families that have not already applied during the current school year to do so, as it’s not too late. Arcadia High School students who qualify will receive additional savings. They will have their fees waived on SAT tests, graduation will be free, and they get a reduced rate for Grad Night and AP tests.
Studies have shown that students who take advantage of school meal programs consume more calcium and more servings of fresh fruit and vegetables than those who bring a lunch from home. Studies have also found that students who eat a nutritious breakfast to begin their day pay more attention in class, behave better, and score higher on tests.
“The new online application will not only make it faster and easier for parents to apply, but it will also provide additional anonymity,” added Dr. Reynolds.
Students who are approved for meal benefits are never identified at school in any way associated with the program. The online application can be found at https://arcadiausd.rocketscanapps.com/, and paper applications can be picked up at any school office. Qualification is based on household income and size of the family. Please contact Nutrition Services with any questions at (626) 821-8322.