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Our Program

Meals will be free to all students for the 2021/22 school year. However, the alternative income form affects a variety of areas unrelated to school meals, including school funding, internet access, college application fees, and SAT fees. It is important to fill out the alternative income form to ensure our schools and families receive the available resources.  
All Nevada Joint Union High School District families are being asked to complete the application or return a form to opt-out of the free/reduced priced meal program:
  • The form is available to complete electronically. Click here for the English version and here for the Spanish version.
  • You may obtain a hard copy of the form from your school site office or at the Food Services Department, located at 11645 Ridge Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945, at any school cafeteria or school office.
  • The form is also available on the district website at
More than a formAbout the Benefits
School Funding
Every student who is under a certain income, learning English, or in foster care generates 20% more funding. In districts where at least 55% of students are high-need, they receive even more funding. The dollars generated by high-need students are spent to increase or improve services for low-income students, English learners and foster youth. Additional funding received from California is also directly tied to the District’s high-need percentage.
SAT and College Application Fees
Any 11th and 12th grade student that is eligible to participate in the free/reduced priced meal program is eligible for SAT fee waivers. Every income-eligible student who takes the SAT using a test fee waiver can choose four colleges from over 2,000 participating colleges and apply for free.
Internet Service
Through a partnership with Comcast, the Internet Essentials Program provides internet for less than $10 a month for qualifying 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. For more information, visit
Similarly, through a partnership with AT&T, families may qualify for Internet for just $10 a month. For more information, visit
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
No, you can fill out one form for multiple children in the same household.
Who will know that our family submitted an application?
Our system is confidential. Even if your child qualifies and chooses to eat lunch in the cafeteria, the breakfast and lunch process is the same as a student who is paying full price.
Do I still need to fill out a form if I qualify for other benefits?
No. If you are currently receiving food stamps, CalWORKS, KinGAP or FDPIR benefits and your information has not changed, your child automatically qualifies.
Do I have to list a social security number?
No. If you do not have a social security number or would prefer not to share it on the form, you are not required to list it.
Alternatively, families may return this confidential income data collection form to their student’s school front office by September 30, 2021, in order to assist in qualifying for state funding and resources from the California Department of Education. This is not an application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals. All students at Nevada Jt. Union High School District receive free meals under the Seamless Summer Option (SSO).


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Nevada Joint Union High School District
11645 Ridge Road
Grass Valley, CA 95945

 Name & Position

 Contact Info

Theresa Ruiz

Director of Nutrition Services

Phone: 530-273-9788

Iva Lee

District Office / Lunch Application Processing
Phone: 530 273-3351 ext. 3202

Dayna Geiger

Nevada Union High School /Asst. Manager
Phone: 530 273-9788 

Gale Jones

Bear River High School/Asst. Manager
Phone: 530 268-3700 ext. 4708 

Anita Smith

Silver Springs High School/Asst. Manager
Phone: 530 272-2635 ext. 332

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Looking for a part-time or on-call job that allows you to be at home when your family needs you there? Join our team in a School Cafeteria. Please call 530-273-3351, x201 for more information!

To apply for one of our open positions, please apply on-line through Ed-Join.

card header iconNon-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)   mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)   fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3)  email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.