UNIVERSAL FREE MEALS
Romoland School District is proud to be part of the Universal FREE Meals Program
Beginning in School Year (SY) 2023–24, California will become the first state to implement a statewide Universal Meals Program for all school children.
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). There are three key pillars that have been established to ensure that the program is a success:
- California’s State Meal Mandate is expanded to include both a nutritiously adequate breakfast and lunch for all children each school day.
- California’s Universal Meals Program requires very high-poverty schools to participate in a federal provision.
- The California State Legislature allocates funds to provide additional state meal reimbursement to cover the cost of the Universal Meals Program.
Why Universal School Meals?
Romoland School District is pleased to be able to offer FREE breakfast and lunch to ALL students in grades K-8 for the 2023-24 school year. Over the last several years, we have continued to expand this program to include more of our students.
"We started with free Breakfast in the Classroom for K-5th grade students, then expanded to include free breakfast and lunch for students up to 8th grade. Students who attend school on-campus in elementary schools (K-5) will still receive Breakfast in the Classroom each day free of charge.
Students at Ethan A. Chase Middle School can also receive free breakfast, which they will find available in the cafeteria.
We believe that every student enrolled in the Romoland School District should be able to eat breakfast and lunch at school with no additional charge to their families. In other words, every student should have access to universal school meals.
"This institution is an equal opportunity provider"