All Lake Washington School District students have the right to public education. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Plyler vs. Doe (457 U.S. 202 (1982)) that undocumented children and young adults have the same right to attend public primary and secondary schools as do U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Lake Washington does not ask for or collect immigration status information.
Breakfast and Lunch Menus
Lake Washington School District has partnered with Sodexo to provide students with nutritious meal options for more than 35 years. Sodexo is a leading integrated food and facilities management services company in the U.S., Canada and Mexico with 120,000 employees. Sodexo serves more than 10 million customers daily in corporations, health care, long term care, and retirement centers, schools, college campuses, government and remote sites. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., is a subsidiary of Sodexo Group. Sodexo, Inc. funds the Sodexo Foundation, an independent charitable organization. Since its founding in 1999, the Sodexo Foundation has made more than $11 million in grants to fight hunger in America.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
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School Breakfast and Lunch Prices
Our goal is to provide excellent nutrition for your child at prices you can afford. The table below shows prices:
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* Monthly costs assume 20 school days. Actual costs will vary depending on actual number of school days.
** Free for kindergarten through grade 3.
Adding money to a lunch account
There are two ways to add money to a student’s lunch account:
- Charge your Visa or MasterCard online through the secure MySchoolBucks.com site. If you would like step by step instructions for using this secure site, see our online payments page. Please note, there is a convenience fee of $1.95 for each transaction.
- Send cash or a check made payable to LWSD to the school office with your child’s name attached.
Parents will receive a SchoolMessenger email when their student’s lunch account is low or negative on funds. Phone calls are made by this system when an account becomes negative $1.00 or more.
If you wish to be taken off the list or would prefer to receive negative balance notifications via email, please call us at 425-936-1393. Please note that we cannot guarantee that your child will receive a whole lunch should their account balance show insufficient funds.
Apply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals
Depending on your family income and size, your student may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. To apply for free or reduced-price meals:
- Please print the application and instructions.
En Español: aplicación y instrucciones.
- Fill it out completely, and:
- return it to your child’s school office
- drop it off at the Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St., Redmond, WA
- mail it to: Business Services, PO Box 97039, Redmond, WA 98052
- For applications in other languages, please go to the USDA Food and Nutrition Service website.
Note: Children of parents who qualify for Basic Food, formerly known as food stamps, are automatically enrolled in the free lunch program. Income limits for this program rose in October 2008 and more families may be eligible. For more information, go to www.foodhelp.wa.gov.
Special Dietary Requests
If your child has special dietary needs, you may request accommodations from the Nutrition Services Department. Depending on the situation, there are different requirements for the form to be filed and who must sign it. Note: At this time, LWSD does not offer cow milk substitutions.
- If your child has a life-threatening allergy or disability that affects what the child is able to eat, submit diet order form A. This form must be filled out and signed by a doctor. Please see the form for information on the definition of a disability.
- If you would like to request a special diet for reasons other than a life-threatening allergy or disability, file the special diet order form B. This form must be filled out and signed by a doctor. We will do our best to accommodate your child’s needs, however, we may not be able to meet all requests. Please contact the Nutrition Services office at 425-936-1393 to determine if the need can be met before filling out the form.
Submit diet order form A and/or B to the Nutrition Services office at 15130 N.E. 95th St., Redmond 98052. Please do not submit this form to the school nurse or the district office. Doing so will delay the processing of your request.
Each school handles allergies in a different way, depending on their students' needs. If your child has a severe allergy, it is important to communicate your concerns directly with the school.
Nutrition Services uses food products that contain common allergens such as wheat, soy, egg, dairy and fish. These items are not specified on the menu due to product variations. If you have questions about allergens on specific menu items, contact the Nutrition Services office at (425) 936-1393. We are more than happy to work with you to accommodate allergy concerns.
We do offer peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at some sites. Select elementary and high school sites have chosen not to serve those sandwiches in their kitchens to decrease risk of anaphylactic reactions in affected students. Please be aware that this does not guarantee an allergen-free or nut-free school. All elementary sites receive their supplies and food products from middle school base kitchens that do have peanut butter on site. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches served at the elementary schools are actually made at the middle school sites. They are sent, wrapped in cellophane, to the elementary schools.
Elementary school kitchens should not have peanut butter on site. We do our very best to avoid any cross contamination of peanut butter with any other food products in the middle school kitchen by preparing them last in a separate area of the kitchen and cleaning and sanitizing all utensils and surface areas affected immediately after production.
Keep in mind there are no restrictions on the products other students can bring in their lunches from home. Check with your school for local practices regarding allergens such as the use of nut-free tables in the lunch room.
Many of the items on the LWSD menu can be made without meat. For our purposes, a dish is considered meatless if it contains no animal meat, other than fish. Meatless options on our menu may include eggs, dairy and fish. Meatless options are identified on all daily offerings such as pizza, grill items, salads and sandwiches. Please see the actual menu for more detail. We have at least one meatless option available every day.
Additionally, some main entree items do not contain meat such as a grilled cheese sandwich. Some can be requested without meat such as a pasta bowl. Standard practice and accommodations vary from site to site, so for this reason we do not list meatless options on main entrees even though they may also be available. If you would like more information about what your child’s school can offer, please call Nutrition Services (425) 936-1393.
The Lake Washington School District uses very few pork ingredients in the school lunch menu. Occasionally we do offer items with pork ingredients. We hope this information will help you feel confident in finding and helping your child avoid those items on the menu throughout the year.
Please note: Turkey Ham (which is 100% turkey) is used on all menu items that list ham except for the deli bar ham sandwiches in secondary kitchens, where pork ham is used.
Menu items that do contain pork:
- Elementary Sites
- Pepperoni Pizza
- Peppi Pizza Salad
- Italian Wrap
- Secondary Sites
- Pepperoni Pizza
- Italian Salad
- Ham Sandwiches from the Deli Bar
- Carnitas Street Tacos
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
- Bacon Wrapped Hot Dog
- Club Sandwich
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap
- Scrambled Egg Breakfast
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches/Sliders
Lake Washington School District Meal Charge Procedure
LWSD’s Nutrition Services Department takes pride in providing nutritious meals to students to support learning each school day. It is the responsibility of parents or guardians to prepay for school meals, provide a meal from home, or complete an annual application establishing eligibility for free or reduced price meals.
Under no circumstance do we want a child to go without a meal during the school day. Students will be allowed to debit their school meal account for the purchase of a complete breakfast or lunch when their account shows insufficient funds or when the student does not have sufficient funds in the form of cash or a check. The purchase of ala carte items including 2nd entrees, milk or juice and snacks are strictly prohibited when an account is negative or will become negative due to the charge.
Adults are not allowed to charge a meal or purchase any ala carte items if they have a negative balance on their account or will become negative due to the charge.
Nutrition Services will make every effort to communicate with families the status of their student’s low and negative meal account balances through the following efforts:
Accounts with low balances of $10 or less:
- Families will receive an automated email message twice a week (Mondays & Wednesdays) regarding their child’s meal account balance.
- Families who utilize MySchoolBucks to manage their child’s account can set alerts that will notify you when an account balance reaches a certain point. This is managed strictly by the parent.
Accounts with negative balances:
- Families will receive an automated phone call and an email message three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays) regarding their child’s meal account balance. Notifications will continue until account balance is paid off.
- Families will receive a personal phone call from the Nutrition Services Office once their child’s balance reaches a negative $15.
- If the child’s account balance continues to remain negative after these attempts, Nutrition Services will contact the school designee who will connect with the families to problem solve ways to resolve the negative balance issue.
- Unresolved negative balances at the end of the year will be submitted to the Accounting office for collection.
We strongly encourage families to complete the School Meal Benefit application annually to determine if they qualify for free or reduced priced meals. The School Meal Benefit application may be completed throughout the school year if a family’s income changes. The School Meal Benefit application is available here.
Families are encouraged to enroll in the online prepayment service www.myschoolbucks.com for meal account payments and account tracking. There is a convenience fee for this payment service, however, there is no fee associated with account balance inquires through MySchoolBucks.
Families should contact Nutrition Services for the following:
- If you do not want your child to purchase a meal once their account is negative or if you want to restrict the purchase of a la carte foods, an alert can be placed on their student’s account.
- If you need assistance with payment options to address school meal charges.
- Questions regarding negative school meal balances.
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Start your day right! Students at participating breakfast schools in grades K-8 can enjoy free breakfast September 5-29.
Elementary students who purchase lunch on Wednesdays will enjoy locally grown produce throughout the year!
The Garden Bar could include apples, berries, cucumbers, green beans, pears, organic spring mix, and/or zucchini.
We'll be serving up smiles and an AWESOME Emoji Lunch at elementary schools on September 28. Students who buy lunch can try Meh Mini PIzza, Potato Smiler, High 5 Fruit and Veggie, and the Garden Bar. They will also receive a free emoji wristband!
A special Seahawks themed breakfast will be available at elementary breakfast schools on Friday mornings in September.
On Friday, September 29, students can enjoy Seahawk Smoothie with Jimmy Graham Crackers.
Come cheer on our Hawks! On Friday, September 29, elementary students who buy lunch will receive a Rice Krispies Treat.
Questions or concerns? Please contact the Nutrition Services office at:
LWSD Nutrition Services at Willows Special Services
15130 NE 95th Street
Redmond, WA 98052
Phone: (425) 936-1393
Fax: (425) 936-1389