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A well-fed student body will be healthier and hopefully do better in class.

To meet this goal, students and parents from Santa Maria, Pioneer Valley, Righetti and Delta high schools are encouraged to fill out an online or paper application for “SMJUHSD’s Free and Reduced Meal Program”. The applications are available at all school sites, cafeterias, community liaison offices and the Support Services Center, 2560 Skyway Drive.

“A well-nourished high school student statistically does better in school,’’ said Budget Manager Mary Andrade. “The balanced breakfast and lunch is for eligible families at no cost. Breakfast and lunch are an extremely important part of the school day and this program takes the worry out of a student’s next meal.’’

The process is confidential and the application can easily be filled out on all student tablets issued to SMJUHSD students. Translation help is available at all school sites and the Support Services Center. The process to find out eligibility can take several days and is busier at the beginning of the school year, according to Administrative Assistant of Business Services Michele Beach.

Parents and students are reminded to use their Aeries student identification number on the form. In addition, the district is holding a drawing for free school gear (clothing and other items with school logo) for completing an application.

The “SMJUHSD Free and Reduced Meal Program” is part of the national food program that was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is committed to ensuring equal, fair, and meaningful access to employment and education services. The SMJUHSD does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis and/or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, ethnic group identifications, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital, family or parental status, medical condition, military or veteran status, nationality, national origin, immigration status, political affiliation, pregnancy and related conditions, race, religion, retaliation, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by California state and federal nondiscrimination laws respectively. Not all bases of discrimination will apply to both education services and employment. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, immediately contact the District’s Discrimination, Equity and Title IX Compliance Officer Mr. Kevin R. Platt at 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455, (805) 922-4573 or You may request a copy of SMJUHSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures, Non-Discrimination Policies, Sexual Harassment Policies or click here.