Micheltorena Elementary is a Title 1 school, which, among other things, provides all children who attend our school with a free breakfast. Lunch is available for purchase, and qualifying students will receive free or reduced-price lunch.
- MEAL APPLICATION – All families should fill out a meal application form at the beginning of the year, whether or not they believe they qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Critical funds are dependent on these applications, and bonuses are awarded to schools who improve participation or reach 100%. Submit your paper application (available at the office), or enroll online here.
- MENU & PRICES – Food is provided by LAUSD Food Services, click here to view the daily menu and prices.
- PAYMENTS: Parents can arrange to pre-pay for lunches. Go to mypaymentsplus.com to register. Once registered, you can set up one-time or automatic payments, review student cafeteria balances and purchase history and receive low-balance alerts.
There has been a lot of advocacy to improve the quality of school lunch in Los Angeles recently (read: less processed foods, less added fat, sugar and salt to foods served, fresh water beverage option in cafeterias, and less meat in menus). You can read a great summary of that food fight written June 2011 in the LA Weekly here.
A number of changes have been made since then, but continued advocacy is needed to ensure healthier food options are made available. In 2012, LAUSD adopted rules to evaluate food suppliers in five areas: the nutritional quality of their products, animal welfare, environmental impact, help to the local economy and treatment of the workforce. In 2013, LAUSD began “Meatless Mondays,” in which the schools serve vegetable-based foods in the cafeteria. In 2016, the School Board resolved to use only antibiotic-free and hormone-free chicken. This year, in response to a proposal drafted by LAUSD high school student Lila Copeland, the LAUSD Board approved a pilot program offering vegan entrées in a handful of district schools during the 2017-18 school year. Read more about it here, in a Daily News article from May 2017.