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Meal Application

The District participates in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Any student may participate in these programs at his/her school. Students who do not qualify for free and reduced-price meals may purchase meals.

For 2020-2021 School Year:

District students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals

will receive meals at no charge to the household.

NEW! Online Meal Application

Starting July 1, households may apply for free or reduced-priced meals online at:

You may also apply on your smart phone and the application is available in English and Spanish.

A School Meal Information Packet will be mailed by the second week of August to each household with a child enrolled in the District as of June 30. The packet contains:

  • Student’s PIN (personal identification number) that will be used for the cafeteria's computerized point-of-sale (POS) system for breakfast and lunch meals.
  • 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 2020-21” with the following enclosures:
    • Application Checklist English / Spanish
    • Pre-payment information for households that do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals English / Spanish

If your address changes, tell your child's school office immediately. 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 within the cafeteria POS. Elementary school students 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

Community Eligibility Provision CEP Schools

The following schools operate as non-pricing sites for breakfast and lunch. All students enrolled at these schools will receive nutritious meals free of charge every school day.

  • Addams Elementary
  • Beach High- Intensive Learning Program
  • Chavez Elementary
  • Edison Elementary
  • Franklin Middle
  • Garfield Elementary
  • Grant Elementary
  • Harte Elementary
  • Nieto-Herrera Elementary
  • Jefferson Middle
  • Starr King Elementary
  • Lafayette Elementary
  • Lincoln Elementary
  • Lindbergh Middle
  • Lindsey Middle
  • McKinley Elementary
  • Nelson Middle
  • Oropeza Elementary
  • PAAL
  • Robinson K-8
  • Roosevelt Elementary
  • Signal Hill Elementary
  • Smith Elementary
  • Stevenson Elementary
  • Washington Middle
  • Whittier Elementary
  • Willard Elementary

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 Step 1 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.

Department Info

Department Address
3333 Airport Way
Long Beach, CA 90806

Department Phone
Phone: (562) 427-7923