School Meals Information
Meal Applications for School Year 2020-21
Dear Bellflower Unified Parent or Guardian:
The Bellflower Unified School District will be participating in the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program during distance learning for the 2020-21 school year, which will provide every student with access to a healthy meal. In order to ensure that your child has the opportunity to receive a Free, Reduced Price, or Paid meal, we are asking that you follow the steps outlined in this letter and submit your Meal Application before school begins so that we are ready to serve all our families that will be participating. Information about meal distribution times and meal pin numbers will be forthcoming.
Bellflower USD is asking each family to complete a meal application. Only one application per family is needed. For those families who feel they do not qualify we ask that you mark the option, “Our household does not qualify”. Completing meal applications is important to our District and the Nutrition Services Department. Bellflower USD receives additional funds based on the number of meal applications we receive. If you qualified last year, you will have to resubmit an application this year.
We are happy to share with you that your child's lunch account balance can be checked online. You can also pay any outstanding balances online as well. Click here to check your child's lunch account balance and/or pay online.
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information
Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or click here to access the IRS website.
You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or click here to access the Franchise Tax Board website.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.