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Meal Prices & Charge Policy


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***ATTENTION:  Important Food Service Meal Price Changes!  Please read below***

We are pleased to inform you that the following schools within Paradise Unified School District will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision for 2019-2020 School Year.  This means that the students at the following school sites can receive a FREE Breakfast and a FREE Lunch every school day:

Cedarwood Elementary School

Paradise High School

Paradise Intermediate School

Pine Ridge Elementary School

Paradise Ridge Elementary School 

Ridge View High School

What does this mean for you and your children attending the school(s) identified above?

Great news for you and your students!  All enrolled students of Cedarwood Elementary School, Paradise High School, Paradise Intermediate School, Pine Ridge Elementary School, Ponderosa Elementary School, Paradise Ridge Elementary School, and Ridge View High School are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2019-2020 school year. No further action is required of you. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit an application. 


It has always been, and will continue to be, the goal of PUSD Food Services to provide our students with the highest quality meals at the lowest prices as approved by the state and federal programs.


During the school registration process, you will be required by Paradise Unified School District to complete a simple Household Income Survey.  It is so very important that you complete the data survey that we’ve included one in this packet of information.  This survey will help determine each school’s state and local education funding determinations. It will also help with consideration for family fee waivers for other school programs; however, receipt of free breakfast and lunch meals does not depend on completing it.  The income data provided will determine the level of funding your school receives from both state and federal levels


Thank you for your understanding and support of our program.  We look forward to serving your student(s) during the upcoming 2019-20 school year.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at 530.872.6496.

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There is a fine balance that needs to be attained between the solvency of the food service program and the nutritional needs of students.  Our goals are:
  • To ensure that all students have a healthy meal and that no child goes hungry.
  • To treat all students with dignity and confidentiality in the serving line regarding meal accounts.
  • To support positive and clear communication among staff, administrators, teachers, students, and parent/guardian.
  • To establish fair practices that can be used throughout the school district.
  • To encourage parent/guardian to assume the responsibility of meal payments and to promote self-responsibility of the student.
  • To establish a consistent practice regarding charges and collection of charges.
The Paradise Unified School District Food Department recognizes the importance of good nutrition and wants to take all reasonable steps to make sure students have access to school meals.
These steps include providing access to applications for Free and Reduced Lunch for those families who qualify. Application forms will be sent home at the beginning of each school year, posted on the School Department website, and are available from the school site office.
All students who do not qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch are expected to pay for school meals at the time of purchase. The Food Services Department recognizes that there may be times when a student has forgotten their lunch money, or inadvertently failed to keep a positive balance in their account.
Parents or guardians will be contacted by the school by note, telephone call or letter when their student's account goes into the negative.  We can only allow a student to charge 3 meals before we provide an Emergency meal.  Please contact us with questions and/or easy ways to pay on your child’s account.
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