Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) provides meal services for our students. Lunch is offered at all schools, and brunch is available at all secondary schools, Escondido Elementary School and Barron Park Elementary School. Snacks or a la carte items are offered during brunch and lunch at secondary schools. All students, including students on the Free and/or Reduced Price Meals Program, must pay full price for snacks (sold at secondary sites; some are not available at all sites).
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact
- Alva Spence, Nutrition Services Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
- District Food Office at (650) 329-3806 or at email@example.com
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|Elementary Brunch Menu||$3.00|
|Elementary Lunch Menu | Menu en español
(Nutrition Information Aug. - Oct. 2016)
|Middle School Brunch||$3.00|
|Middle School Lunch
|High School Brunch Menu||$3.00|
|High School Lunch Menu||$5.00|
|Reduced Lunch Price||$.40|
|Reduced Brunch Price||$.30|
Students who qualify for free meals get ONE free meal per meal period per day and students who qualify for reduced-price meals get ONE brunch at $.30 per day and ONE lunch at $.40 per day. ALL students need to pay full price for second meals and snacks.
We have a preorder system in our elementary schools. Students who want to buy school lunch sign up on a sign up sheet, in class, before 9 am each morning. They go to the lunch area to pick up their lunches at lunch time. (Students need to sign up the day before for pizza.)
Students go to the cafeterias to select their choice of food items during brunch or lunch hours.
- Cash Method - Students pay with cash or checks at time of purchase. (They can pay exact amount or an amount more than their purchase and the extra will get deposited into their accounts for future purchases.)
- Account Method - Money is deducted from a student's account each time a purchase is made, provided there is sufficient fund in the account.
Every student has a lunch account. It is simply his/her name or PAUSD student ID#
- Elementary School Students - The lunch server will deduct $4.75 from a student's account each time (s)he orders and picks up a lunch.
- Secondary School Students - Students enter their pin numbers in pin pads located next to cash registers and the purchase amount is deducted from their accounts. For your student's pin number, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-329-3806.
Ways to Deposit Money into Accounts (CASH IS NOT ACCEPTED AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OFFICES)
- School sites - Give checks (payable to PAUSD) or cash (cash is not accepted at elementary school offices) to school offices or cafeterias.
- District Office - Give cash or checks in person or mail checks to the district office at 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94306. Please write your student's name or ID # on the check.
- Online - Open an account at sendmoneytoschool.com (Tel: 616-842-8882) and charge to your credit card. There is a $3 fee per transaction for this service.
We highly recommend parents to open an account. In addition to being able to make deposits online, you will be able to view your student's lunch activities and balance. You can also set your own low balance reminder threshold at that site. There is NO FEE to open an account.
PAUSD Meal Charge Policy 2018-19
The purpose of this policy is to insure compliance with federal requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program. This policy will provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances.
intent of this policy is to establish procedures to address unpaid meal charges. provisions of this policy pertain to regular priced school breakfast and lunch meals only-ala carte/snacks windows and second meals are not included. Palo Alto Unified School District provides this policy as a courtesy to households in the event that they forget to add money to their child's account.
· Free Meal Benefit - Free eligible students will be allowed to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch each day. (Ala Carte Snack window items and Second Meals are not part of the USDA Child Nutrition Meal Reimbursement Program and are not included).
· Reduced Meal Benefit - Reduced eligible students will be allowed to receive one complete breakfast for $0.30 and one complete lunch for $0.40 each day. If a student is without meal money, they will be allowed to charge their meal. The charge meals offered to students will be a choice from the same reimbursable meals that are available to all students. (Ala Carte Snack window items and Second Meals are not part of the USDA Child Nutrition Meal Reimbursement Program and are not included). Students’ whose accounts are already negative and they attempt to get Ala Carte Snacks or Second Meals will be told that their account is not set up to charge for this. The goal is to minimize stigmatizing children with insufficient funds. Parents will be notified via email when their student’s account goes into a negative balance. If a student is without meal money on a consistent basis, the School Office will investigate the situation more closely and take further action as needed.
· Full Paid Students - Students will pay for meals at the school’s published paid meal rate each day (Breakfast-all grade levels $3.00, Lunch Elementary $4.75, Lunch Secondary $5.00). If a student is without meal money, they will be allowed to charge their meal. The charge meals offered to students will be a choice from the same reimbursable meals that are available to all students. (Ala Carte Snack window items and Second Meals are not part of the USDA Child Nutrition Meal Reimbursement Program and are not included). Students’ whose accounts are already negative and attempt to get Ala Carte Snacks or second meals will be told that their account is not set up to charge for this. Parents will be notified via email when their student’s account goes into a negative balance. The goal is to minimize stigmatizing children with insufficient funds. If a student is without meal money on a consistent basis, the School Office will investigate the situation more closely and take further action as needed. If financial hardship exists, parents and families are encouraged to apply for free or reduced priced lunches for their child, if applicable.
· Parents/Guardians are responsible for meal payment to the food service program. Online payments are accepted as well as in-person payments to the School Office. Email notices of low or deficit balances are sent to parents/guardians weekly during the school year.
Families may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. To apply for free or reduced price meals,download a Free and Reduced Price Meals Form (Spanish), pick one up at any school site or at the district office, and mail it to: 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306; or apply online at http://www.lunchapp.com.
If you child is eligible for free and/or reduced-price meals, he/she may also be eligible for other school program benefits such as free summer session, reduced fee for AP exams, summer camps etc. Please contact your student's school office for more information.
You may have heard about a change coming in school lunch this fall. It is true! After much research on school meals, coupled with the recent release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2012, the USDA announced new government regulations that will substantially change school meal requirements for the first time in decades. Here in the Palo Alto Unified School District, we began making similar changes to our menus a few years ago. Many of our menu items are now made with healthier ingredients such as whole grains. Please take some time and revisit our menus as they offer new items such as soup, tortellini, fish tacos, etc. We have also been modifying recipes to include less sodium and saturated fat. Students will be offered foods from five food groups (grains, fruit, vegetable, protein, and dairy) and they must take at least 3 of the 5 menu items. In addition, they must always take at least half cup of a fruit or vegetable. Please be proactive and talk with your child about the USDA ChooseMyPlate. We will use this identifier to try and help students put into practice the guidelines needed to help them build healthier meals. Visit www.choosemyplate.gov for more information on USDA ChooseMyPlate.
Every spring, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) elementary students are invited to show their culinary skills and participate in the Sodexo Future Chefs Competition, a national event that encourages children to learn good nutrition.
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 through its Web site at www.irs.gov.
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 through its Web site at www.ftb.ca.gov.