Plumas Lake Elementary School District

California has extended free meals for all students
through the 2023-24 school year!
PLESD students can have one breakfast and one lunch
each school day at no cost.

California has extended free meals for all students
through the 2023-24 school year!
PLESD students can have one breakfast and one lunch
each school day at no cost.



RIO DEL ORO - Breakfast - Lunch
Meal Prices

Meal Prices

Plumas Lake Elementary School District is committed to providing appealing, nutrient dense meal options for students to fuel up and be ready to learn!
$.00 for students first breakfast
$3.00 for students second breakfast
$4.00 for adults
**$0.00 for the first meal for students qualified for the Meal Benefit Program.  Click here for an application. 
$.00 for students first lunch
$4.00 for students second lunch
$5.00 for adults
**$0.00 for students qualified for the Reduced Tier of the Meal Benefit Program.  Click here for an application.
**$0.00 for students qualified for Free Tier of the Meal Benefit Program.  Click here for an application.
Meal Charge Policy

Meal Charge Policy

We get it - life is busy.
Mornings can be especially busy, and getting out the door with breakfast and lunch taken care of sometimes just isn't happening.  
Our full Meal Charge Policy is here for you, for us, and for your students.

Meal Charge Policy

The goal of the Plumas Lake Elementary School District (PLESD) is to provide students with healthy meals each day. However, unpaid charges place a large financial burden on our Nutrition Services Department. The purpose of this policy is to insure compliance with federal reporting requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program, and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances.
The intent of this policy is to establish uniform meal account procedures throughout the PLESD. While the USDA Child Nutrition Program does not require that a student who pays the base priced meals be served a meal without payment, the Plumas Lake Elementary School District provides this service as a courtesy to those students in the event that they forget or lose their lunch money.



The Nutrition Service Department:  Responsible for providing access to healthy meals for all enrolled students, maintaining transaction and charge records, and for notifying the student’s parent/guardian of low or outstanding balances at regular intervals. The Nutrition Service Department is also responsible for notifying the School District of outstanding balances.

The School District:  Responsible for supporting the Nutrition Service Department in maintaining accounts in good status and collection activities.

The Parent/Guardian:  Account monitoring and immediate payment.

Where does the money go?

Funds collected for meal purchases pay directly for the food included in your child’s meal, as well as so much more.  Some goals meal purchases fund include:

  • Continued lean protein and whole grain entree options

  • Continued access to fresh produce

  • Continued farm to school and locally procured produce

  • Continued Nutrition Services Team excellent service standard

  • Scratch cooked menu items (meaning food is created and prepared completely on site)

  • Farm to school activities, such as farmer visits and produce taste testing/cooking events

  • Nutrition Education in the classroom

  • Increase children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables

Charge Policy and Methods of Collection

PLESD allows students to charge meals even if they have a negative balance because we understand that there are days when automatic payments may not have been completed, students forget to bring lunch or their money, and more.  Parents are expected to immediately bring the account into good standing. If negative balances are not paid the school district will use, but will not be limited to, the following methods collect the balance due:

  • Email communication sent home requesting balance to paid;

  • Automated phone calls requesting balance to be paid;

  • Discrete letters mailed directly to home address requesting balance to be paid; 

  • Personal phone calls home;

  • Referral of account to student services department;

  • Home visit.  

Balances Owed with No Response by Parent/Guardian:

If the payment is not received, the Superintendent or his/her designee may take one or more of the following actions, unless or until prohibited by state law or regulation, and/or current Board Policies:

1) Prohibit participation of student, or other students in the student’s household, from participating in any future fee based program until or unless outstanding balances are resolved.

2) Revoke inter-district agreement. 

Account Management

Account management is the responsibility of the family.  Account management tools include:

  • Convenient online access to view your student(s)’ account for free with

  • Access to the most recent 30 days transaction records through

  • On-the-go monitoring with the FREE MySchoolBucks app for smart phones and smart devices.

  • Access to transaction histories detailing all purchases and payments for the current school year, available by request through the Nutrition Services office.

  • Repayment arrangements directly with the Nutrition Services Department.


For withdrawn, and promoting students; a written request for a refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted. An e-mail request is also acceptable. Students who are promoting at the end of the year will be given the option to transfer to a sibling’s account with a written request.

Unclaimed Funds:

Unclaimed funds must be requested within one school year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the PLESD Nutrition Service Program.

What's in my student's meal?

What's in my student's meal?title

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What a great question!  We follow USDA guidelines when creating our menu.
Our breakfast meals are made up on whole-grain rich entrees, fruit, and low-fat White Milk.
The selection of fresh fruit and veggies will change throughout the school year. 
Lunch meals are made up of whole-grain rich items, lean proteins, 1% White milk or fat-free Chocolate Milk, and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. 
A carton of low fat milk.
Student Account Refund

Student Account Refund

Before asking for a refund, consider these easy options:
1. Transfer funds to a younger sibling.  As long as your student is actively enrolled in our school district, they will have access to that money no matter which of our sites they attend.
2. Donate funds to our Lunch Buddy Account.  We collect donations throughout the school year and apply these funds discreetly to students in need.  If you'd like to make an additional donation, please contact the Nutrition Services Department directly at (530) 743-4428 x 770
If you need a refund, follow these simple steps:
1.  Contact Nutrition Services Department
(530) 743-4428 ext 770
2.  Request a partial or full refund from your student's account.  Please have your student's ID number ready.
3.  A refund check will be issued to the parent/guardian we have listed, and mailed to the address on file.  Did you move?  No problem!  We can verify with the Student Services Department.
Refunds must be requested within one calendar year of exiting PLESD.  After this time, funds are not able to be refunded.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.
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 responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or 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 discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint 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:
USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.


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