Meal Payment Options & Prices

Pay for student meals online!

Parents / guardians may set up
accounts online to prepay for student
meals, view cafeteria account balances
and much more. See details below.


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School Meals

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. If you are not eligible now but your income goes down, you lose your job, your family size becomes larger, or you become eligible for CalFresh (formerly Food Stamp), CalWORKS or FDPIR benefits, you may submit a Meal Application at that time. You may apply for benefits at any time during the school year.

Every student has an account with the cafeteria computerized point of sale (POS) system. Students in elementary/K-8 schools use bar coded meal cards and personal identification numbers (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, account balance, as well as any special dietary needs as requested on the “Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations”

School Meal Information Packet

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

  • A letter containing: Student’s PIN (3- to 6-digit personal identification number) for use at breakfast, lunch and a la carte sales and a student ID number (this 9-digit number is needed to set up an online account with mySchoolBucks).
  • 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 are not applying for meal benefits at this time, we recommend that you keep the meal application in the event that you need to apply for benefits later in the year.

Payment Options

Parents and guardians may pay for school meals in advance online or in person. Meals may also be purchased individually on the day of service. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to prepay for their student's meals so that money for meals is always available. Regardless of how you choose to pay for your student's meals, you may check your student's cafeteria account activity by going to mySchoolBucks once you have set up an online account.


Pre-payment Options


  • Internet: The Long Beach Unified School District offers parents the opportunity to make payments online via mySchoolBucks for their child's meals and a la carte purchases using Visa, Mastercard credit or debit card. This online service allows parents of students to prepay money directly into their child's account, monitor the account, view account activity, set up a low-balance e-mail reminder and schedule recurring payments. Please note that this service is being offered only for meal service. This service will not be available for students attending California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS).
  • Cash: If you send cash with your child, please place it in a sealed envelope. Be sure to write your child’s name, grade and classroom number on the envelope. Cash is deposited into your child’s account on the day it is received.
  • Personal Check: If you send a check with your child, please place it in a sealed envelope. Be sure to write your child’s name, grade and classroom number on the envelope. A Check is deposited into your child’s account on the day it is received. Checks used to pay for school meals must meet the following criteria:
    • Only use a check that is pre-printed with your name and mailing address.
    • Make the check payable to your child’s school cafeteria. Example:MacArthur Cafeteria Fund.
    • Write your home and work phone numbers on the top left-hand corner of the check.
    • Write your student’s full name and classroom in the corner or memo area.
    • Write the check amount clearly.

Pay by-the-Meal using cash. If any change is due back, your child has the option of asking that it be added to his/her account as prepaid funds.

How Much Should I Deposit?

Meal Prices for 2016-2017 School Year:
Level Breakfast Lunch
All Schools Pre-K to 5 $1.75 $2.50
K-8 Schools (6-8) & Avalon $2.00 $3.00
Middle and High Schools $2.00 $3.00
Non Students/Adults $2.75 $4.00
Amount to cover approximately one month of meals (21 days):
Level Breakfast Only Lunch Only Both Meals
Elementary Schools $36.75 $52.50 $89.25
K-8 Schools (K-5) $36.75 $52.50 $89.25
K-8 Schools (6-8) $42.00 $63.00 $105.00
Middle and High Schools $42.00 $63.00 $105.00
Special Notes
  • Remind children not to share their personal identification number (PIN) with friends or other students.
  • A printed summary of your child’s account is available by contacting the nutrition services supervisor at your child’s school or by checking the account at mySchoolBucks. You do not need to make online payments to view your child’s account online.

Charge Policies

  • The Nutrition Services Branch has extended credit up to $10 for students in elementary and K-8 schools, who do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Credit will not be extended to middle and high school students; middle and high school students who have not been approved for free or reduced-price meals must have meal payments to receive their meals.
Negative Balance
  • Parents are asked to provide new students to the District with money to purchase meals or provide them with meals from home until a meal application is submitted and approved for free or reduced-price meals.
  • Parents who receive notices of overdrawn cafeteria accounts are asked to supply the cafeteria with funds in the amount to cover the overdrawn balance. They are encouraged to add prepayment funds to ensure that their students may continue to receive full meals.
  • A child, whose account will exceed a negative balance of $10 with the next purchase, will be given a fruit.

Refund or Transfer of Meal Account Funds

Please note that a student’s meal account money is automatically carried over to the next school year EXCEPT after completion of the 12th grade. If your child will not be attending a school within the Long Beach Unified School District his/her money will be transferred to the youngest sibling in your family or refunded after completion of the Meal Account Refund/Transfer of Funds Request form. The completed form may be mailed to:

Nutrition Services Branch,
Long Beach Unified School District
3333 Airport Way
Long Beach, CA 90806

Attention: Operations & Training Specialists

Please allow 30 days for your request to be processed. Refunds will be made by check only. No credit cards will be credited with a refund. Convenience fees charged for making on-line payments are non-refundable. Please contact the Nutrition Services Branch office at (562) 427-7923 extension 248 if you have any questions or need clarification.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q: Do I need to request a refund when my child transfers to another LBUSD school?
A: No. You do not need to request a refund. The funds will be transferred to your child’s account balance at the new LBUSD school location as long as the student ID number remains the same and is activated at the new school location. Your child’s PIN will also follow to the new location.

Q: May I request a refund from my child’s account?
A: Yes. See section above for “Refund or Transfer of Meal Account Funds” section. Please allow 30 days for the request to be processed.

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Department Address
3333 Airport Way
Long Beach, CA 90806

Department Phone
Phone: (562) 427-7923