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Lunch Applications
Smart Snacks In School
USDA Dietary Guidelines


FREE breakfast and lunch for all students!

School districts across the nation will be allowed to serve ALL meals to ALL Students, regardless of eligibility, at no charge for the 2021-22 school year. 


Food Services will not be accepting free and reduced-price meal applications as in years past. Alternatively, when you log into Aeries to complete the annual data confirmation process, please make sure you fill out the simple, two question income information form. If you did not complete the annual data confirmation process in Aeries, you may use the ALTERNATIVE HOUSEHOLD INCOME FORM. This replaces the free and reduced price meal application previously used. 

The Free/Reduced-Price Meal Program determines school funding for all of our students. Every approved income form can generate an additional $2,000 in funding for our schools. Approved income forms can help reduce costs for at-home internet access, SAT and college application fees, and child care for your family. Even though school meals will be free this year, we need your help to ensure our schools and families can access the resources they need. Without these completed forms, our schools could lose hundreds of thousands dollars.

Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.
The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students. 

General Food Information: In Albany Unified we strive to use as little processed foods as possible. All foods we sell are free of corn syrup and food colorings. We serve brown rice, whole grain pasta, whole grain breads and whole grain pizza crust. We use local and organic produce whenever possible. Our milk is hormone free and we serve 1% and Non-fat white milk. We serve chocolate milk two days a week at the elementary schools. Snacks sold at the middle and high school meet Smart Snack nutrition requirements.

Payment Information: For elementary schools, since meals are free, you do not need to put money into your MySchoolBucks account. For middle and high school, students can use their account to purchase snacks, beverages, or a second meal. Please put money into your student's account if they plan on purchasing any items aside from  their one free breakfast or lunch meal. 


If you have any questions, please contact Sabina Feinberg, Executive Chef at 510-558-2608.


Resources for food:

Berkeley Food Pantry

Alameda County Community Food Bank

Food Banks of Contra Costa and Solano Counties








 Global -> MySchoolBucksTextLogo.PNG For information regarding prepayments online click here 

Notice: The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19853(b) requires local educational agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to annually notify households about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.

Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication

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