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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.

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Lunch Procedure

Elementary Schools:

We have a preoder 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.)

Secondary Schools:

Students go to the cafeteria to select their choice of food items during brunch or lunch hours.

Exciting new program at Terman Middle School

PAUSD has partnered with Choicelunch to provide lunch entrees for Terman. Please check out our menu (click on the link below) for all the delicious choices. The same snacks and brunch as before will be available. There will be a 6th graders only line.  A full variety of sides including fresh fruits and vegetables will be available to compliment your students' entrees.

Paying for Meals

1. Cash Method - Students pay with cash at time of purchase.

2. 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 one lunch from a student's account each time (s)he orders and picks up a lunch.
  • Secondary School Students - Students enter their pin numbers in a pin pad located next to the cash registers and the purchase amount is deducted from their accounts. For your student's pin number, please email or call 650-329-3806.

Ways to Deposit Money into Accounts:

1. Give cash or checks (payable to PAUSD) to your student's school office or cafeteria.

2. Mail a check to Student Nutrition Services at 25 Churchill Ave., Palo Alto, CA  94306. Please make sure you write your student's name or ID # on the check.

3. Open an account at 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.

Menus Prices

Elementary Brunch Menu, Events Calendar

Elementary Lunch Menu, Events Calendar



Middle School Brunch Menu, Events Calendar

Middle School Lunch Menu, Events Calendar


$4.50 (Terman $5.25)

High School Brunch Menu, Events Calendar

High School Lunch Menu, Events Calendar



Reduced Lunch Price

Reduced Brunch Price


The following snacks are sold at secondary sites (some snacks are not available at all sites):

Scooby Doo Snacks  - $.50

Heartzels Pretzels  -  $.50

1 oz Cheezit Crackers  - $.50

Kid's Munchie Mix  -  $.50

Double Chocolate Oatmeal Bars  -  $.75

Crazy Color Fruit Roll Up  -  $.75

Popped Chips  -  $.75

Chex Mix  -  $1.00

Rice Crispy  -  $1.00

Gold Fish  -  $1.00

White Cheddar Popcorn  -  $1.00

Benefit Bars  -  $1.25

Nature Valley Granola Bar  -  $1.00

Bagel w/Cream Cheese  -  $1.50

Banana,  Apples, Oranges  -  $.50

Cookies  -  $1.00

Soft Pretzels  -  $.75

Apple Bosco  -  $1.25

All Doritos  -  $1.00

Snapple  -  $1.50

Orange or Apple Juice  -  $1.50

Izzie  - $1.75

Capri Sun or Water  -  $1.00

Sparkling Water  -  $1.25

Hint Water  - $2.75

Milk  -  $.50

Gatorade  -  $1.50 (Available at High Schools Only)






*Families may be eligible (Spanish) for free or reduced priced meals. To apply for Free and Reduced Meals, download the Free and Reduced Meals form (Spanish) or visit to apply online. You can also pick up a Free and Reduced Meal Application Form at any school site, or at the district office, and mail it to: 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

Carbohydrate Count List

New Regulations parent FAQ's

While schools are not obligated to provide meals to children eligible for full-priced meals who forget their money, our District offers meal charges.

Meal Charges Policy
Students can charge up to $20. When a student’s account has an unpaid balance of $20 or more, only fruit and milk will be provided until full payment is received.

New School Nutrition Regulations Mean Changes for School Meals

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 for more information on USDA ChooseMyPlate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alva Spence, Nutrition Services Director, at


Composting at School

If you have questions, contact the District Food Office at (650) 329-3806 email

Revised July 2013
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