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School Meals and 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. 

For the 2022-2023 School Year, meals to all students will be free of charge. However, we encourage households to complete a meal application in order to provide continued financial support to the District.

School Meals and Meal Application

Starting July 1, households may complete a free or reduced-priced meal application online at:

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

Community Eligibility Provisions

Schools that participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are able to provide healthy breakfast and lunch each day at no charge for all students enrolled in that school during the 2022/23 School Year. View the list of schools qualified to participate in the CEP here: CEP Schools 22-23 

School Meal Information Packet

A School Meal Information Packet will be provided via ParentVUE (or US mail for those who do not have a ParentVUE account) 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 at the point of service for school meal services.
  • One of the following:
    • A letter stating that your child has been directly certified or is enrolled in a Community Eligible Provision school.
    • Information to complete a free or reduced-price meal application

If your address changes, tell your child's school office immediately. Meal applications are available at your child’s school office or at the  Nutrition Services Office.

Meal Services

Every student has a cafeteria account to receive meals at no cost. Elementary school students use bar-coded meal cards, Personal Identification Numbers (PINs), or Student ID Numbers to access their accounts. Middle and high school students use PINs or Student ID Numbers. 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

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: In August of each year, households are notified via ParentVue (or US mail for those who do not have a ParentVue account), if they are eligible for free or reduced price meals without further application. These households include those who have been directly certified by the Department of Social Services or households with children who are enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision School. A link to the list of Community Eligibility Provision Schools for the 2022-23 school year will be shared here once approved by the California Department of Education.

If you have not received such a letter, you may complete the Meal Application here at the beginning of each school year (or when the child enrolls). Once the eligibility determination is made, the Nutrition Services Office will notify you via ParentVue (or via a hard copy sent home with the child, if you do not have a ParentVue account). 

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

Q: How do I request a refund from my student's cafeteria account?
A: Complete the Cafeteria Account Refund-Transfer Request and follow the instructions as listed in this request. 

Department Info

Department Address
3333 Airport Way
Long Beach, CA 90806

Department Phone
Phone: (562) 427-7923