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Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. All meals, foods and beverages are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition professionals. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.


PLEASE NOTE: Participation in the free or reduced-price meal program allows students to receive one complete breakfast and lunch each day for free or at a reduced-price. All A La Carte items, including but not limited to, additional milks or juices, and Robek's smoothies, are NOT included in this program. Students must have money in their account or cash to purchase A La Carte items. Second meal purchases are cash only even if student has money in account.



Arcadia Unified School District's K-8 Healthy Lunch Guidelines


Meal Prices

Elementary School  Breakfast - $2.50

Elementary School Lunch - $4.00

Middle and High School Breakfast - $2.50

Middle and High School Lunch - $5.00

Milk Only - $0.50

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Unpaid Meal Charges Policy

Effective July 1, 2018

The goal of Arcadia Unified School District Nutrition Services is to provide healthy meals to children during the school day. In order to serve healthy, high-quality meals to all children, we must make sure we are financially secure. You play a key role in this effort, and are responsible for purchases made by your child in our school cafeteria. Students eligible for free, reduced-price, and paid meals will receive a meal, charged to their account, when he/she goes through the meal service line, with the exception of the following:

· Parents may elect to call or email the Nutrition Services office or Nutrition Services Accountant to request “no charging” on their student’s account

· All accounts with a debt of -$50 or greater may be made “cash only”

The Nutrition Services Supervisor at the elementary school level will review elementary student accounts weekly and send notification slips in envelopes to elementary school site cashiers to be put in teacher boxes to be sent home with students owing more than $5. Please return payment in this envelope to the school office.

The Nutrition Services Director will send out monthly phone and email blasts to all parents whose student/s owe more than $5, which include a reminder that families may apply for the free and reduced-price meal program throughout the year, and verbiage from this policy. In addition, families whose students owe more than $50 will receive a second phone and email blast each month. It is your responsibility to inform the district of any changes to your contact information. Failure to notify the district of contact information changes and/or blocking calls and emails does not excuse your debt.

The Nutrition Services Accountant will review outstanding balances quarterly, and mail a letter, which includes this written Unpaid Meal Charges Policy, to all parents whose student/s owe more than $100. Attempts will be made at site registration to collect unpaid meal balances. Yearbooks will be held until negative balances are paid or a payment plan is arranged.

This Unpaid Meal Charge Policy will be included in writing with the Back-to-School mailing, provided to families with students who transfer into AUSD mid-year, made available at registration, on our website, and included with all negative balance communications. This Unpaid Meal Charge Policy will be provided to any school or district-level staff responsible for policy enforcement.

Families needing assistance with applying for free or reduced-price school meals can reference step-by-step instructions on our website, call or come by the Nutrition Services office for further instruction. Payment plans are available and will be communicated as an option to families needing financial assistance.

Please notify us at or if you would like to block your student/s from charging meals to their account. Unless your student has a debt of $50 or greater, we will only deny meal charging to students if we receive notification from a parent or legal guardian to do so.