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SIMI VALLEY : Applications Urged for School Meals

Students in the Simi Valley public schools who may qualify for free or reduced-price lunches and breakfasts should apply now so the meals will be ready on the first day of school, school officials said.

About 2,300 students in the district took advantage of the free or reduced-price lunches last year, and 400 ate breakfast at the schools, said Judy La Rossa, director of food services for the Simi Valley Unified School District.

Free meals are available to children whose families receive food stamps or Aid to Families with Dependent Children; or to children from families of four with annual income below $19,695. Children from families of four with incomes below $28,028 can receive reduced-price meals.

Applications are available in school offices.

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