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The Food Services team is here to answer your questions about meal applications.

For more information, contact Alice Garcia at (310) 973-1300 Ext. 50051

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Meal Applications

Meal Applications for the 2017-18 School Year will be available this summer. We will post a link to the online applications as soon as they are available.


Contact Alice Garcia at (310) 973-1300 ext. 50051 if you have any questions.


La solicitud para el programa de alimentos para el año escolar 2017-18 estará disponible durante el verano. Nosotros publicaremos un aviso con un enlace a dicha solicitud en línea tan pronto que esté disponible.


Comuníquese con Alice Garcia a (310) 973-1300 ext. 50051 si tiene alguna pregunta.

Pre-K Family Style Lunch

LESD participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). The primary goal of these programs is to decrease nutrient deficiencies in school-aged children while addressing the obesity epidemic impacting the nation.

Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the After School Snack Program, students in all after school enrichment activities can enjoy free meals and snacks to keep them fueled.  

The meal application process is as easy as 1- 2- 3. Food Services is available to support LESD families every step of the way to ensure successful enrollment in these programs.  

STEP 1: Review Qualifications

2016-17 Income Eligibility Guidelines

Household Size
1 $21,978 $1,832 $423
2 29,637 2,470 570
3 37,296 3,108 718
4 44,955 3,747 865
5 52,614 4,385 1,012
6 60,273 5,023 1,160
7 67,951 5,663 1,307
8 75,647 6,304 1,455
Each Additional Person 7,696 642 148

Eligibility guidelines (see chart) are set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and change annually, which is why new meal applications must be completed each year. Household size and income determines free and reduced meal costs. Paid student

breakfast is $1.00, and lunch costs $2.00. Students who qualify for reduced price meals pay $.25 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. Pricing is subject to change each school year.

Some students automatically qualify for free meals due to their direct certification or categorical status. For example, foster children or children who live in a household that receives assistance programs like CalFresh, TANF or FDPIR are eligible to receive free meals, and a meal application may not be required. Migrant, run-away and homeless children may request to be categorically certified by contacting LESD’s Student Support Services Department at (310) 973-1300 ext. 50129.

Read more about direct certification, categorical eligibility and other qualification topics in our Frequently Asked Questions sheet. 



STEP 2: Complete Meal Application

The fastest and easiest way to apply is to complete an online meal application. Click here to apply now! 


Traditional paper applications are issued to students at the beginning of each school year. Although applications are accepted year-round, please submit it as soon as possible to ensure your child receives meal benefits without interruption.

For your convenience, copies and instructions can be downloaded here:

English Application & Instructions
Spanish Application & Instructions

Please read the helpful tips memo (click for English or Spanish) to facilitate the process. Completed applications can be returned to any of the main offices or cafeterias at any of the schools, the Food Services office located at Will Rogers Middle School 4110 W. 154th Street or to the District Office at 4161 W. 147th Street. 

Online submissions will receive confirmation and/or qualification status within a few days via email. Parents who turn in a paper application receive a letter by mail within ten days to confirm that it has been processed. If a confirmation is not received within ten days, parents should contact the Food Services Department.

STEP 3: Make Meal Payments

2-2.jpgIn the event a child does not qualify for free or reduced meals, parents can subscribe the child in a pre-paid meal account. Parents will need their child's PIN (personal identification number), which is assigned upon registration in the district. Each time students use their PIN for breakfast or lunch, the funds for their meals (Breakfast $1.00, Lunch $2.00) will be deducted from their account. Accounts can be set up at www.schoolcafe.com

Payments can be made:

  • From the convenience of home or a mobile phone at www.schoolcafe.com. Visa or MasterCard is accepted and households making a deposit in the amount of $30 or more will receive a 5% bonus credit. Parents will need their child’s PIN to set up an account.
  • By mail with a check or money order made out to Lawndale Elementary School District. Please include the child’s name and PIN to ensure accurate crediting. Mail it to the attention of Food Services at LESD 4161 W. 147th Street, Lawndale, CA 90260.
  • With cash or a check at the student’s cafeteria or the Food Services office located at Will Rogers Middle School 4110 W. 154th Street. Please be sure to bring exact change. Sending money or checks with students is not recommended. Food Services is not responsible for lost payments by students. As with any transaction, please retain copies of receipts.

Students with insufficient funds in their accounts will receive a “mini meal” consisting of milk, fruit and access to the salad bar. Reminders about balances will be issued to parents on a weekly basis to prevent any disruption in food service.