Free & Reduced Priced Meals

Encinitas USD participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs (Breakfast offered at Paul Ecke Central and Ocean Knoll Elementary). As these are federally subsidized programs, your child may be eligible to receive free or reduced-priced meals. If you feel that your household may qualify for free or reduced priced meals, you can complete the Application for Free and Reduced Priced Meals online or in paper form.

Visit www.schoolcafe.com 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 your child’s school office, district office or the Child Nutrition Services Department (7885 Paseo Aliso, Carlsbad, CA 92009).

Please fill out only ONE application per household. There is no charge for free meals for breakfast and lunch. Paid and reduced priced meal costs are list below under “Meal Prices.” You will find the Free & Reduced Meal Applications, Frequently Asked Questions Flyer and How to Apply in the links below.

 

Meal Prices

 

Paid

Reduced

Free

Staff

Breakfast

$2.00

$0.30

$0.00

$3.00

Lunch

$4.00

$0.40

$0.00

$5.00

 

Payment Options

All students are assigned a 4-digit confidential PIN number to use in the lunch line. Prepaid meal accounts help the lunch lines go faster and gives students more time to eat, relax, and play. It also gives you the peace of mind of not having to worry about looking for lunch money every day or worry that it might get lost, stolen or used for other things other than lunch.

  • Cash: If you send cash with your child, please place it in a sealed envelope and write your child’s complete name, grade and classroom number on the envelope. Place cash into payment box in your child’s school office or give it directly to the office manager. Cash is deposited into your child’s account the same day it is received.
    • You may also send cash with your child to give to the Child Nutrition staff in the lunch line but dropping off cash in the front office is the preferred method.
  • Personal Check: If you would like to pay by check, please place it in a sealed envelope and write your child’s complete name, grade and classroom number on the envelope. Place checks into payment box in your child’s school office or give it directly to the office manager. Checks will be deposited into your child’s account the same day it is received.
    • You may also send a check with your child to give to the Child Nutrition staff in the lunch line, but dropping off a check in the front office is the preferred method.
    • Make checks payable to: EUSD Child Nutrition
    • Write the child’s full name in the left corner memo portion of the check
  • Online: Encinitas USD utilizes an online payment system called School Café, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. School Café allows you to make payments to your child’s cafeteria account via credit card, monitor your child’s meal purchases, view weekly menus, allergen information and review nutrition information. This service has additional features that allow you to receive e-mail reminders when your child’s account is getting low or to set up automated payments. You can register to utilize these other features on Schoolcafe without making online payments.
    • For every $80.00 online meal payment, your student will receive one bonus meal ($4.00 value), 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!
    • To register for Schoolcafe:
  1. Go to school café and under the “Need to create an account or contact us?” section, click the state (CA) and the school district (Encinitas Union School District)
  2. Click the “Create a new account” link
  3. Click “I’m a Parent” and enter your contact information
  4. Add your student once the account is created; you need your child’s student ID number

 

Refund & Transfer Policy

Should you need a refund on your child’s lunch account, please contact the Child Nutrition Services Department at 760-944-4300 x 2571 or email Kammy Benson at Kameron.benson@eusd.net. Please allow at least 2 weeks for refunds to be processed.

If you would like to donate the money in your child’s lunch account to another student, please specify when contacting the Child Nutrition Department.

 

Unpaid Meal Charge Policy

Student meal prices are $2.00 for Breakfast and $4.00 for Lunch.  Students are expected to have money in their account or pay cash for meals.  Students will never be denied a meal, but the steps outlined below will be taken to collect unpaid meal charge debt.

  • -Negative balance phone calls will be sent out twice weekly
  • -Emails and letters home on a weekly and monthly basis

If you do not want your student to be using their lunch account, please contact the Child Nutrition Services Department so we can put necessary blocks onto the account.

If a student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals but incurred any unpaid meal debt prior to receiving notification of eligibility, the family is still required to pay.

Department Directory: 760.944.4300

Name Position Extension Email
Lea Bonelli, MS RDN Child Nutrition Director 2570 lea.bonelli@eusd.net
Name Position Extension Email
Kammy Amberg Child Nutrition Specialist 2571 kammy.amberg@eusd.net
Name Position Extension Email
Aubrey Stiffler Accounting Assistant 2572 aubrey.stiffler@eusd.net