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Meal Application and Payment Options

San Diego Unified participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. As these are federally subsidized programs, your child may be eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals.

If you would like to apply for the program, please click the link above to complete a Free & Reduced-Price Meal Application online. Application packets are also available at your child's school office, cafeteria, or the central Food and Nutrition Services office located at 6735 Gifford Way Room 5, San Diego, CA 92111. Please Note: If you are filling out a paper application, it must be complete and on an original form in order to process your application. Faxes and copies are not accepted.

If you have any questions regarding this program please call 858-627-7328.

CEP and Provision 2 Schools

Families of students who attend Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and Provision 2 schools do not have to complete meal applications as all students receive free meals. View the current list of CEP and Provision 2 schools.

Meal Prices

Lunch

Elementary School - $2.50
Middle/High School - $3.00
Free and Reduced - $0.00
Second Student Meal - $3.50
Adult Meal - $4.00
Extra Milk - $0.50

Breakfast

Elementary School - $1.25
Middle/High School - $1.25
Free and Reduced - $0.00
Second Student Meal - $2.50
Adult Meal - $3.00
Extra Milk - $0.50

Unpaid Meal Charge Policy

Elementary student meal prices are $1.25 for Breakfast and $2.50 for Lunch. Students are expected to have money in their account or pay cash. While we will never deny an elementary student a meal, the steps outlined below will be taken to collect unpaid meal charge debt.

Middle and High School student meal prices are $1.25 for Breakfast and $3.00 for Lunch. Students are expected to have money in their account or pay cash; however, they are able to owe up to $30.00 before they will not receive a meal. The steps outlined below will be taken to collect unpaid meal charge debt.

Phone calls and emails will be sent out weekly for any balance; letters will be mailed out monthly for balances over $25.00.

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.

Payment Options

  • 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. Cash is deposited into your child’s account the same day it is received.

  • Personal Check: If you send a check with your child, please place it in a sealed envelope and write your child's complete name, grade and classroom number on the envelope. Checks are deposited into your child’s account the same day it is received.

Check Cashing Policy

  •  Make the check payable to your school cafeteria. Example: "Morse Cafe Account."
  •  Use a check that is pre-printed with your mailing address.
  •  Write your home and work phone numbers on the top left-hand corner of the check.
  • Write student’s full name and classroom in the corner or memo area of the check.
  • Write the check amount clearly.
  • Online: San Diego Unified uses a service called PayPAMS, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service allows you to make payments to your child's cafeteria account using a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card. 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 PayPAMS without making online payments. Deposits made on PayPAMS can take up to three (3) school days to process.

To register for PayPAMS

  • Go to PayPAMS and click on the "Register Now" button on the home page.
  • Select your state, then select your school district.
  • Create a username, a password and enter your contact information.
  • Add children to your account.
  • Make payment or set up automatic payments based on low balance.

Refund and Transfer Form
Should you need a refund on your student lunch account, or to transfer funds between student lunch accounts, download and complete the Refund/Transfer form. Fax or mail to Food and Nutrition Services.

If you need assistance with this information please call 858-627-7328.

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