Nutrition Services » Overview


Welcome to the Nutrition Services Department!

The Lemon Grove School District participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition practices. Meals served at schools meet strict state and federal requirements.

Contact us at 619-825-5600 x2601

LGSD Nutrition Services provides Breakfast and Lunch Meals to all students.

Breakfast is provided at no cost to all LGSD students during the designated breakfast service time.
Student Lunch Meal Prices
Paid $2.65
Reduced $0.40
Free $0.00
Milk Only $0.50
Adult (milk not included) $3.00
Payments can be made:
  1. In the School Office drop box via cash or check

  2. Online at

    **Make checks payable to LGSD-Nutrition Services and write child’s first and last name on check memo line.

    *Credit cards only accepted online.

Menus are posted on both the District and school websites

All Students must reapply for free/reduced meal benefits each school year!
  • Only complete one application per family. The information you provide us is strictly confidential and will only be used to determine your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals.
  • Applications may be completed by paper or online at:
    • Online meal applications available in English, Spanish, Chinese
    • The District Office and School offices have a computer available to complete this online application
  • You will be notified either by email/mail of your child’s status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money. If you submitted an application and have not received a response letter, by 10 business days, contact Nutrition Services at 619-825-5600 x2601.
  • If your student(s) was on free or reduced meals last school year, your student will continue to receive free or reduced meals for only the first 30 school days of school. Carryover benefits will end October 4, 2018 and the status will be changed to paid. Once this occurs students will need to pay full price for their lunch meals.
  • The USDA will not back pay for meals purchased prior to eligibility determination and therefore the parent/guardian is responsible for paying these charges.


Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its Web site at

You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its Web site at

For additional information, refer to the IRS EITC Web page at or the California EITC Web page at


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.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (found below), (AD-3027) found online at: and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.