Summer meals

The Summer Meals Program feeds kids and teens 18 years old and under. Sites are located at places such as schools, parks and community centers.


Meal purchases and payment

All schools use point-of-sale software to track cafeteria sales and deposits. The system works much like a debit card. Parents make a deposit (cash or check) at the school in any amount for their child’s meal purchases. When the student makes a purchase, he/she provides a five-digit pin number (cafeteria staff can look up a student’s pin number if necessary). The cost of each meal, as well as a la carte juice and milk, will be deducted from the account. Students who receive free or reduced-price meals also use the new system. Deposits are not required for students approved for free meals unless they purchase extra milk or juice.

Parents may monitor their child’s account balance through their online Parent Access account. Please check with the school office about setting up an account for Parent Access if you do not have one.

Any money left in the account at the end of the year will be transferred into the student’s account for the next school year.

Elementary students 80 cents
Middle school students $1.05
High school students $1.05
Adults $1.50
Elementary students $1.95
Middle school students $2.20
High school students (food courts) $2.55
Adults (elementary and middle) $2.90
Adults (high school food courts) $3.40
A la carte milk or juice 45 cents

Logo: What's on your plate?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture created MyPlate, an easy-to-follow food guide, to help parents to figure out how to feed their kids nutritious, balanced meals.

Nutrition news

Not your parents’ lunch

March 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Programs that highlight fruits and vegetables are evolving the way that school lunches look, smell and taste.

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Fresh fruit and vegetable program returns to five VPS schools

August 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Mangos, blackberries, rainbow carrots, mini sweet peppers and star fruit are a sampling of the fresh fruits and vegetables students will be snacking on at five elementary schools in Vancouver Public Schools. VPS was awarded $120,600 by the United States Department of Agriculture for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. [...]

Interested in becoming a Advisory Health Council member? Have questions or ideas about the wellness policy?

The Advisory Health Council consists of registered dietitians, medical personnel, teachers, administrators, vendor owners, parents and students.

The Council meets at least once a year to review current research on nutrition and fitness and to update district Policies and Regulations 3650 and 6310. The Council may provide other advice as requested by the Superintendent.

Please email Debra Hale, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning (Elementary Schools) at

Wellness regulations and policies
R6310 • P6310 • R3650 • P3650