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Student Nutrition Services

At San José Unified, we believe student nutrition is a key component of a well-rounded education. We constantly strive to meet the nutritional needs of our students while ensuring our schools promote a healthy and active learning environment.

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Meal Payments

We encourage families to use the MySchoolBucks online prepayment system to pay for your student’s meals. MySchoolBucks is a safe, simple, and secure way to make payments to your student’s meals account. There is no additional cost to you, and funds are available the same day you deposit them. As an added incentive, for every 10 meals you purchase, you will receive a bonus meal!


If you have any questions or need help setting up a MySchoolBucks account, please call at (855) 832-5226.

NO student will be denied a meal due to lack of funds in their account. Students who forget their money for lunch or breakfast (if applicable at your school site) or their account balance runs out of funds, will be able to receive a full meal. Balances owed will be communicated to the parent or guardian every 10 days through the mail.

Cashless Meal Lines

Beginning in the Fall of 2017, San José Unified will introduce “cashless” breakfast and lunch lines in all of our schools. Our goal is to move to a completely cashless system by January 2018.

We understand this transition may cause an inconvenience. That’s why you will still be able to prepay for meals with cash or check, if needed. Here’s how:

Elementary students (Grades TK-5) – You may bring money to the school office or send it with your student to give to their teacher. Please put the cash or check in an envelope that is clearly marked with the following information:

  • Student name
  • Student ID number
  • Amount enclosed
  • Check number (Please make checks payable to: “SJUSD Food Services”)
  • Date of payment

You can also pick up a meal envelope at your school office. Please note that no cash or checks will be accepted on the meal line.

Secondary students (Grades 6-12) – There will be one line designated at each school site to accept both prepayments and cash.


Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Each year, all of our families are asked to complete and return an application to qualify for our Free and Reduced-Price Meals program (FRPM). Regardless of your family’s income or student’s grade level, this will ensure that students have access to all available resources the district can provide.

Income Eligibility Guidelines


AP/IB Exam Discount

Please note that the 2020-2021 deadline to qualify for the AP/IB exam discount by submitting a free and reduced-price meal (FRPM) application has passed. Families who completed and returned the annual FRPM application by the appropriate deadline – regardless of their household income or FRPM program eligibility – will have the cost of all AP and/or IB exams for their student(s) reduced to $5.


Meal Donations

Recently, we’ve heard from members of the community who want to know how they can help to ensure that every student has access to healthy meals on campus. That’s why we’ve partnered with MySchoolBucks to provide an opportunity for you to make tax-deductible donations toward student meals.

Please visit this online portal to make a donation today:

Every $2 you give covers the cost of a meal for one of our students, so every dollar truly does count!

Thank you in advance for your generous support. Please note that donations and private grants made to San José Unified School District are tax deductible as charitable contributions under IRS Code Section 170(c)(1).


Wellness Policy

Recognizing the link between student and staff wellness and learning, the San José Unified Board of Trustees adopted a district Wellness Policy in 2006 that is designed to “build, promote, and integrate a comprehensive school health system.”

Click here to read the San José Unified Wellness Policy.

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