Friendship Garden at Paul Ecke Central

Fresh fruits and vegetables grown at our own EUSD Farm Lab are brought to our school salad bars daily

Green Garden Cafe logo

Green Garden Cafe

Inspired by thriving gardens found at our nine EUSD schools, Green Garden Cafe was created to serve students fresh food that they need to grow and succeed. From school garden produce on the salad bar to regionally sourced milk, Green Garden Cafe is providing students with nourishing foods that you can feel good about. Check out the new menus to see the selections offered to students each day. An unlimited salad bar is available with every school meal. The daily salad bar includes organic lettuce sourced from local and regional farms, Harvest of the Month produce on Wednesdays and a variety of salad dressings. Meatless Mondays and Taco Tuesdays feature a variety of delicious options as well!

Between yoga programs, school gardens and a thriving Wellness Committee, wellness is a major focus for the Encinitas Union School District. EUSD Superintendent Timothy Baird shared, “Our goal is to serve the highest quality, best tasting, healthiest meals possible!

Student Lunch Menus

EUSD participates in the National School Lunch Program. With the recent adoption of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, EUSD has continued to improve the nutrient content of the meals it serves. The Child Nutrition Services Department analyzes all of its menus with the help of nutrient analysis software. USDA has set strict guidelines for calories, fat and nutrient content. At the bottom of each menu, you will find the average weekly nutrient analysis of lunches served. Click on the following links for the latest menu:

Online payments can be made using School Café at In School Café, you are able to monitor your students’ meal purchases, view weekly menus, and review nutrition information. For each $80.00 online meal payment, your student will receive one bonus meal, which offsets the School Café service fee. Pre-paying for your child’s meals online helps expedite the lunch line. We thank you in advance for utilizing this system!

The Child Nutrition Services Department is here to provide healthy, high-quality meals including our locally sourced farm-to-school salad bar, produce from our school farm and school gardens, responsibly sourced meats, and our made-from-scratch pizza program.

Breakfast and Lunch meal service is available (breakfast is only served at Ocean Knoll and Paul Ecke School) and the meal prices are:

  Breakfast Lunch
Paid: $2.00 $4.00
Reduced: $0.30 $0.40

Free & Reduced Meal Applications:

If you feel that your household may qualify for free or reduced priced meals, you can complete the Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals online or in paper form. Visit to complete your application online; this is the quickest and easiest method of applying.

You can also find a paper copy of the meal application at each school front office or in the link found below where you can print the application. Please fill out and return to the school or district office. Please fill out only ONE application per household. There is no charge for free meals for breakfast and lunch. Reduced price meal prices are listed under the School Meal section of our webpage.You will find the Free & Reduced Meal Applications, Frequently Asked Questions Flyer and How to Apply in the links below.

Wellness Committee

  • Wellness Committee Date
    • TBD
    • 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Contact Information

Department Directory: 760.944.4300

Name Position Extension Email Address
Lea Bonelli, MS RDN Child Nutrition Director 2570
Kammy Amberg Child Nutrition Specialist 2571
  Accounting Assistant 2572  

Additional Information and Forms

Looking for free meals for your kids over the summer?

Click here for links to free summer meals:

To view the most current Wellness Policies, click below.

Student Board Policy 
Administrative Regulations – Student Wellness

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.