• Child Nutrition Services-School Meals

    1302 4TH ST SW · Auburn, WA 98001
    (253) 931-4972

    Schoolwires, where the CNS web pages are edited, has changed a great deal in the last couple months. This means we are updating each of our pages. For a while you will be seeing a patchwork of the new and old versions as we work to update each page for you.  Some links may be inactive temporarily.  Enjoy watching our department pages change!
    Choose from the buttons below, or the list on the left, to navigate CNS pages.
    Menus & Nutrition  Menus and Nutritional Analysis  
    Summer Food Program  Summer Food Service Program
    Choose a Complete Meal  Choosing a Complete Meal 
    Special News
    Special News
    Smart Snack Calculator   Is Your Snack Smart?  
     Additional Resources Resources--for students, families, and staff
    Pay for Meals
    Paying for School Meals

    Contact Us
    Contact Us 

     Food Allergies
    Allergens and Food Sensitivity
    Meal Applications
    Applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals 
  • Charging Policy

    To view the meal-charging policy in its entirety, click here.  A courtesy (emergency) lunch of a sandwich, milk, and fruit, is available to students who do not have money in their lunch account. To help assure that students eat lunch, the district charging policy permits students to charge one meal (the parent/guardian is responsible to pay for any meals served to their student).  Charges may not be made on an account that already has a negative balance.  Staff, adults, guests, and students who are not enrolled in the Auburn School District may not charge. 
    Skyward Offers Numerous Services for Families!


    Kitchen computers are programmed with student meal eligibility and students access their account by using their six-digit student ID number.  From *Skyward Family Access, parents/guardians can do several things with just one stop!  In the food service module you can apply for school-meal benefits online, access online payemnts, and more.  Log into your Skyward Family Access account to find out more about what you can view in the food service module.

    * Get your Family Access login and password from staff in the office at your student's school. 
  •  Get Low-balance Notices by Email

      Low Balance Notice  

  • Education is enhanced when students are well nourished.  Healthy, fit, well-nourished children can learn--those who are not, cannot. 
    The Child Nutrition department of the Auburn School District is a self-supporting operation responsible for planning, ordering, preparing, and serving attractive, nutritious meals for district students and staff. 

    Healthy Eating

    When you receive confirmation of meal eligibility for your student,

    please do not complete an application for that student.  


    Our first Direct Certification to match students for school-meal benefits will take place about August 23.  If you receive notice that a student in your home is eligible; however, do not receive notice for another student you believe should also be eligible, please call the Child Nutrition Services office (253-931-4972) between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. to see if the other student can be added to the approved student's eligibility. 


    For your convenience, we offer an option to apply for school-meal benefits online.
    The online application program for the 2071-18 school year will open/go live August 23.
    For more information about how to apply for school-meal benefits, visit the Applying for Free and Reduced-Price Meals page.  If you have not applied for school-meal benefits for this school year, and wish to do so, you can apply online or pick up a paper application at any school office beginning August 23.  


    There are nearly 100 Child Nutrition Services employees in the Auburn School District. These professionals have a wealth of experience, training, initiative, and dedication, and keep kitchens in the district's 22 schools operating every school day.


    The mission of the child nutrition department is to meet the nutritional needs of students and staff of the Auburn School District by offering a variety of quality, nutritious meals in a timely, cost-effective manner.  In our work to fulfill this mission we: 

    • make decisions based on what is best for kids.
    • offer online options to apply for free or reduced-price meals and prepay meals.
    • maintain  friendly, professional, clean, and safe environments focused on students as customers.
    • contribute to students' education in the areas of health and nutrition.
    • source, prepare, and offer fresh, natural, whole, and homemade foods as often as possible.
    • obtain produce from local farmers and select organic fruits and vegetables whenever possible.
    • partner with the Farm to School Program and feature a variety of local foods as Harvest-of-the-Month selections, giving students opportunities to learn about and taste new foods.
    • participate in the National School Lunch Programs (breakfast, lunch, after-school snack, and summer food). 
    • have a school (Pioneer) participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
    • provide nutritious meals at several sites in the district community (Auburn, Pacific, and Algona) during July and August.  Our Summer Food Service Program is one of the most comprehensive in the state.


    School meals are based on cycle menus and are analyzed by USDA regulations, cost, production, and nutrition.  A variety of hot and cold breakfast and lunch options are available each day.  Menus are developed within federal and state guidelines that govern our program and are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010.  Menus are posted on the website, are available using either of our new apps, and are posted in schools.  Occasionally, menu items may change (substitutions may be made) based on product availability and quality.


    A district wellness policy has been adopted by the Auburn School District Board of Directors based on recommendations of the district wellness committee.  The board is committed to providing a school environment that enhances student learning and the development of lifelong wellness practices.  The board supports emphasis on nutrition as well as physical activity. (click here to read the wellness policy).  


    Child Nutrition Services is the "voice" of good nutrition in the schools.  Nutrition information is shared with students on menus and in the lunchroom and classrooms.  We are enthusiastic about two-way communication and take pride in being a department known to be helpful and supportive.  To assure that our webpage is a valuable resource people will use time and time again, we hope you will let us know if you come across any links that are not working.  Anytime you have questions or concerns regarding the program, the child nutrition director or coordinator may be contacted directly at 253-931-4972.  

    Director, Carol Barker
    Coordinator, Janis Campbell-Aikens, RD




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