Please take advantage of the options to prepay your student's meal accounts. 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. We have available healthy Smart Snacks Ala Carte for the Middle and High School Students. If you wish your child(ren) not to purchase those items, please contact us at (707)748-2758.
How the system works:
The cafeteria at your child’s school is using an automated cash register system. When students enroll in any of our district’s schools, they will be assigned a personal Keypad Number. It is important that each student memorize his/her Keypad Number as this number will be used daily in the cafeteria. Keypad Numbers are confidential; therefore the number should not be given to any other student. This number will remain with your student from year to year until they leave the school. If your child transfers to a new school within our district, a new Keypad Number will be issued at that school.
During lunch time all students purchasing a lunch will “enter” their confidential Keypad Number on a keypad. The current money balance in the student’s meal account will be shown on the computer screen at the Point of Sale. The cashier will then handle each student’s transaction appropriately based on his or her balance.
All students, eligible for subsidized meals or not, are assigned a number to participate in the lunch program. This protects the anonymity of those students receiving Free or Reduced Meals.
Parents can always request a detailed report on their child’s account and meal transactions, at any time. Requests should be made to the Cafeteria Manager at your child’s school.
I would like to emphasize that the students are expected to pay for the meals daily or pay in advance for all the food purchases. Student meal accounts need to have money in it to be able to charge the meals. We understand that at times the students lose their money or forget the money so we allow them to charge for a day or two, but those meals need to be paid as soon as possible.
The balance of a student’s lunch account, if it is in the positive at the end of the year, will roll over to the next school year. For those students who transfer from one school to another school within the district, their lunch account balance (if positive) will be transferred to the new school, and will be available when school starts.
Per California Department of Education - H.R.2401(SB-250) - Districts that have a meal charge standard practice in place (we do, please see below), that has been provided to households in writing (Student Handbook), are not required to provide meals to students with no funds. All negative balances need to be paid by the last day of school.
Students leaving the district can either transfer their account balance to a siblings account within the Benicia Unified School District or request a refund or they can donate their account balance to students with negative account balances. Refunds can be requested up to the end of the following school year.
Price of the meals:
Elementary School – Breakfast $2.00 - Lunch $3.00
Middle and High School – Breakfast $2.00 - Lunch $3.50
Ala Carte – Milk $0.50
How to make deposits into your child’s account:
Prepayments are encouraged….Cash, checks or money orders will be accepted; please make check payable to BUSD Cafeteria. Prepayments may either be turned into your school secretary (at the elementary schools) or directly to the Cafeteria Leads at each site. Students paying cash for their lunch will pay at the point of sale while entering his/her Keypad Number. Or you can use MySchoolBucks to deposit money into your child account (it takes 24 hrs for the funds to transfer to the child account and they will charge fee for each transaction).
Click MySchoolBucks to make payments online - http://www.myschoolbucks.com/
How to apply for Free/Reduced Price Meals
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Applications are also available at the Food & Nutrition Services Website, at the District Office and at each school site main office and cafeteria. Eligible students may receive meals free or at a reduced price of $0.40 for lunch and $0.30 for breakfast. Return completed and signed applications to your school site or District Office as soon as possible. Application can take up to 10 days to process and cannot be approved and may be returned if it contains incomplete eligibility information. A new application must be filled out each school year.
Meal Charge Procedures:
The students are expected to pay for the meals daily or pay in advance for all the food purchases. Student meal accounts need to have money in it to be able to charge the meals. We understand that at times the students lose their money or forget the money so we allow them to charge for a day or two, but those meals need to be paid as soon as possible. Please make sure to send your child with a lunch until you take care of the negative balance.
Please read the following guidelines regarding borrowed lunches:
Classroom Party and Celebrations:
Food served during celebrations (such birthdays or holidays) must meet the new Wellness Policy with the USDA Nutrition Guidelines.
We encourage parents to do Non-foods celebrations in consideration of other students that may be diabetic or have food items allergies such: milk, eggs, fish (e.g., bass, flounder, and cod), crustacean shellfish (e.g., crab, lobster, and shrimp), tree nuts (e.g., almonds, walnuts, and pecans), peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.
Before you plan any celebration you should check with your child’s School Office to follow that school’s protocol. And if you still want to celebrate with food items our department has several items available to make sure the District meets with all the regulations and guidelines such as: Birthday cupcakes, holiday cookies, frozen yogurt, ice pops, ice cream, pizza parties or any other specialty dish that you may have mind for a particular celebration.
Please contact us and let us know how we can make that event a special celebration.
If you have any questions, please contact us at:
Food & Nutrition Services Department
Phone: (707) 748-2758
Tania P. Courtney
Food & Nutrition Services Director
Benicia Unified School District
Click MySchoolBucks to make payments online!
Send Check or Cash
You can always bring money personally or send it with your student.
Please place it in an envelope marked clearly with your student's name, their ID #, their teacher's name, the $ amount and the check #. Turn in prepaid deposits to the cafeteria cashier(s) or school office.
If you choose to bring money to school personally or send it with your student, please put it in an envelope clearly marked with the student's first and last name, their ID #, their teacher's name, and the amount enclosed.
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