We recognize the important connection between a healthy diet and a student’s ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school.


All Berkeley Unified students may eat a free nutritious breakfast every day as part of the Universal Breakfast Program. Breakfast items include fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal and a muffin or bread.


Students may bring lunch from home, or buy school lunch for $4.00 daily. You can prepay online at or by bring a check to the school office to set up an account. Children may also pay with cash.

Berkeley Unified has a School Lunch Initiative (SLI), which has two goals:

  1. To serve more nutritious and delicious, freshly prepared meals using locally grown food to all of our students, and

  2. To educate children in kitchen, garden and academic classrooms about their food choices and the impact those choices have on their health, the community and the environment.

Families will receive an Elementary School Menu at the beginning of the school year that shows the breakfasts and lunches for the entire school year. Here are a list of Gluten-free lunch options.

Free and reduced price lunches are available to those who qualify. Washington asks all families to apply for free/reduced price lunch online, regardless of income. Even if you don’t intend to use the free lunch program, every qualified application brings funding to our schools. For help, call the Office of Family Equity and Engagement at (510) 644-8991.


You can prepay online at or bring a check to the school office to set up an account. Children may also pay with cash. Money and checks should be given to the classroom teacher on Monday mornings. Checks should be made payable to: Berkeley Unified School District (or BUSD). All checks must include your telephone number and driver’s license along with your address.


If your child brings a lunch from home, please pack nutritious foods in a lunch box or sturdy bag, striving for a zero waste lunch with reusable, recyclable or compost degradable packaging. Backpacks are not allowed in the cafeteria or out on the playground during lunchtime.

We want to encourage all students to develop healthy eating habits. As part of our school-wide rules and BUSD nutrition guidelines candy, chips, soda and gum are not allowed at school.