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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 middle and high schools. Snacks or a la carte items are offered during brunch and lunch at middle schools and high schools.

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| Lunch Procedure | Menus | Eligibility | Meal Charges Policy | New School Nutrition Regulation


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 Termam. The price for the full lunch meal will range from $4.25 to $6.40. Please check out our menu (click on the link below) for all the delicious choices. The same snacks and brunch will be available. As before, all food can be purchased using the funds you deposited into sendmoneytoschool.com or by cash or check. 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 number in a pin pad located next to the cash register and the purchase amount is deducted from their accounts. For your student's pin number, please email foodserv@pausd.org 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 www.sendmoneytoschool.com 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. There is NO FEE to open an account.

Menus Prices

Elementary Brunch Menu, Events Calendar

Elementary Lunch Menu, Events Calendar

$2.50

$4.25

Middle School Brunch Menu, Events Calendar

Middle School Lunch Menu, Events Calendar

$2.50

$4.50 (Terman $5.25)

High School Brunch Menu, Events Calendar

High School Lunch Menu, Events Calendar

$2.50

$4.50

Reduced Lunch Price

Reduced Brunch Price

$.40
$.30

Eligibility

*Families may be eligible for free or reduced priced meals. To apply for Free and Reduced Meals, download the Free and Reduced Meals form or visit http://www.lunchapp.com 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 3 lunches. After the third lunch, no lunch will be provided until the balance is paid.

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 www.choosemyplate.gov for more information on USDA ChooseMyPlate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alva Spence, Nutrition Services Director, at aspence@pausd.org

FAQ

Composting at School

If you have questions, contact the District Food Office at (650) 329-3806 email foodserv@pausd.org.




Revised July 2013
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