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Meal Application

Any student who attends a school in the Long Beach Unified School District may participate in the breakfast and lunch programs at his/her school. Students who do not qualify to receive free or reduced-price meals may purchase meals.

For 2016-2017 School Year:

Children who qualify for reduced-price meals will receive meals at no charge to the parents.


NEW! Online Meal Application

Starting January 9, households may apply for free and reduced-priced meals online at:

This application can be used on your smart phone and is available in English and Spanish.


One School Meal Information Packet will be mailed to each household in the District with an enrolled child as of June 30, 2016. Packets will be mailed by the second week of August 2016. The envelope will contain:

  • Student’s PIN (personal identification number) for use at breakfast and lunch.
  • One of the following:
    • A letter stating that your child has been directly certified to receive free meals and that a meal application does not need to be submitted, or
    • The “Application for free and reduced-price meals 2016-2017” with the following enclosures:
      • Letter to Households About the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for 2016-2017 English / Spanish
      • Application Checklist English / Spanish
      • Pre-payment information for households that do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals English / Spanish

Notify your child’s school office immediately if your address changes. If you do not receive a packet in the mail, you may pick up a meal application at your child’s school or at the Nutrition Services Office.


Every student has an account with the cafeteria computerized point-of-sale (POS) system. Students in elementary schools use bar-coded meal cards and PINs to access their accounts. Middle school and high school students use PINs. Your student’s PIN will be provided in your School Meal Information Packet. The account contains your child’s meal eligibility information as well as any special dietary needs as requested on the Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations.
English / Spanish

Non-Pricing Schools for 2016-2017

  • Eleven schools in the LBUSD operate as non-pricing sites for breakfast and lunch and do not require that parents submit meal applications for their children who attend these sites for 2016-2017. All children attending these eleven locations will be provided meals at no charge:
    • Chavez Elementary
    • Edison Elementary
    • Grant Elementary
    • International Elementary
    • Starr King Elementary
    • Lafayette Elementary
    • Lee Elementary
    • Lincoln Elementary
    • Roosevelt Elementary
    • Stevenson Elementary
    • Whittier Elementary
  • Application processing assistance will be provided prior to the start of school at these locations:
    • Nutrition Center, Tuesday, August 9, 2016, open from 7:00 A.M. to noon
    • Nutrition Center, Wednesday, August 10, 2016, open from 7:00 A.M. to noon
    • Smith Elementary School, Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. to noon
    • Avalon K-12 School, Tuesday, August 23, 2016 from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
    • Stephens Middle School, Wednesday, August 24, 2016, open from 9:00 A.M. to noon
    • Meal Application Help and Receiving Centers flyer, includes addresses and other options:
      English / Spanish

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Do I need to complete a meal application for each child?
A: No. You need to complete only one application per household. Foster children residing with families are now considered as part of the family with which they reside. A separate application for each foster child is no longer needed.

Q: How do I know if my household is eligible for free or reduced-price meals?
A: Parents or guardians should complete the Meal Application at the beginning of each school year (or when the child enrolls) and return it promptly to the school or Nutrition Services Office. You will be sent a letter home from school informing you of your eligibility once it has been determined.

Q: If I don’t have a Social Security number can I still complete an application?
A: Yes. Complete the application and check the box next to “I do not have a social security number.”

Q: One of my children attends a non-pricing school. Her name is not on the pre-printed meal application that I received in the mail. Do I include her name on the application?
A: Yes. Include her name and school in Section I of the meal application with the names of all children in your household.

Q: Will other government agencies see my completed application?
A: No. Completed applications are confidential.

Q: Our family receives food stamps. Will my child automatically receive free meals? 
A: Not necessarily. If you receive a School Meal Information packet in the mail and it contains a meal application, then you will need to submit a complete meal application. Follow the instructions provided with the meal application and check the box next to the type of benefits received and write in the 7-character case number. Be sure to sign the application. If any family member receives county benefits, all students listed on the application, and who are members of the household, would be eligible for free meal benefits. The application must be approved prior to your child qualifying for free meals. Regulations allow up to 10 days for processing. You may purchase meals or provide meals from home until you are notified that your child has been approved for free meals.