Meal Application


Meal applications for the 2023-2024 school year will be available after July 6th 2023

All enrolled students will receive one free breakfast and one free lunch regardless of application status

How to Apply - Online Application Process

Families can apply online or in person for free and reduced lunch. All applications are provided in English and Spanish. Please complete the application to accelerate the review process and determine your child’s eligibility status. All applications are confidential. You can complete and apply in minutes from any internet-enabled computer.

How to Apply - Paper Application Process

Paper applications are available at your school site or the Child Nutrition Office at 84 East J Street in Chula Vista. Please return the completed application to the school office or CNS Office.

Eligibility Determination Criteria

Eligibility is based on the household income and the number of people living in the home.


Use SchoolCafé to manage your child's cafeteria account, make payments, view purchase history, receive low-balance alerts, and view school menus. For convenience, set up automatic payments to replenish their cafeteria funds. Learn what is being served in the school cafeteria and provide feedback by rating and sharing items. To help your child know if their favorite item is on the menu, you can choose favorite items, and SchoolCafé will send you a notification before school starts so that you can help remind them it's on the menu.

The district participates in the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. Breakfast and lunch are served every day at each elementary school site.  

Our students must connect what's on their trays and where their food comes from. That is why in 2012, we partnered with Food 4 Thought to bring the freshest seasonal produce to your school's cafeteria. Food 4 Thought is a company that brings quality produce into schools to help students eat healthily and, as a result, learn better. Through their 'Farm to School' program, they partner with small, family-owned California farms that share a commitment to student health and nutrition. We offer three to five different produce options in our Farm to School program. Please check your school site menu to see what fruit or vegetables we offer this month.

Child Nutrition Services follows the "Offer vs. Serve" program the United States Department of Agriculture stipulated. Each site allows the student to choose one of three entrees for lunch, either 1% white milk or non-fat unflavored or flavored milk, and as many fresh fruits and vegetables as they want.A student may choose from one of four entrees, fruit, and 1% and nonfat unflavored milk for breakfast.

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