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Healthy Schools and Healthy Students

Healthy schools produce healthy students. Healthy schools and school districts are those that support good nutrition and physical activity as part of a total learning environment.

The Issaquah School District adopted the Nutrition and Wellness Regulation (6700 and 6700P) and has taken steps to increase the nutritional value of school lunches. The District will establish guidelines for foods and beverages sold by the food service program and those sold in vending machines, snack bars, school stores, and school-sponsored fundraising events. Students will have opportunities for physical activity and appropriate exercise and accurate information on nutrition and wellness will be available.

An annual report will be posted each year to share basic information about the wellness policy and evaluate the progress of the schools within the district in meeting wellness goals. Click Here for the latest annual report.

Local Meal Charge Policy

The Issaquah School District has adopted a Local Meal Charge Policy outlining procedures for feeding students with lunch accounts that reach a negative balance.

Free and Reduced Lunch Program

While meals will be provided at no charge to ALL students during the 2021-2022 school year, it is still important that you fill out an application if you feel you qualify. You may be eligible for additional benefits.

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Returning students maintain their prior year’s free or reduced eligibility for the first 30 school days, or until a new application is processed. If a returning student does not have a new application processed by Oct. 1, 2021, they will automatically be transferred to a paid account. Families are responsible for any charges incurred.

If you prefer a paper application, they are available below:

Food Allergies

The Issaquah School District’s Food Service department strives to ensure the safest possible environment for all students. There are students in our district with a wide variety of life threatening food allergies including peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, etc. It is impossible to eliminate all food allergens completely from school meal programs due to the number of students we serve each day and the number of food sources we procure from each week. Although we do our best to be mindful of common food allergens on our menus there is always the potential for hidden ingredients, contamination of food where it is prepared and for manufacturers to change their product formulations without prior notice.

Actions that we are taking include:

  • Peanuts and tree nuts have been completely eliminated as ingredients from all elementary menus. However some products may have been processed in a facility that also processes products that do contain peanuts and tree nuts listed as ingredients*.
    *It is a voluntary practice for a food manufacturer to label their products as such
  • Students and parents may utilize the department’s new digital menu to determine which of the top 8 allergens are present in each menu item: 
  • Lactose-free milk is available as a milk option for all students that purchase a full program meal.  Lactose-free milk may also be purchased a la carte.
  • Issaquah School District Nurses collect information about students with food allergies and share the information with the kitchen at each school. Kitchen staff do their best to not serve these students a food which he/she may be allergic but with the number of students served every day it is essential for the student to avoid these foods as well.

Special Diet Requests

Special diet requests are reserved for students with disabilities which restrict their diet, not for students with food preferences. Please contact your school nurse for further information on requesting special dietary accommodations.

Complete Eats Program

image of complete eats logoThe Department of Health has announced the launch of Complete Eats. Complete Eats is a new program that makes it easier for families who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to afford more fruits and vegetables. 

Complete Eats will be available at all 150 Safeway store locations in Washington, and is among the nation’s first SNAP incentive programs offered by a national retailer. This program is scheduled for two years or until funds are exhausted. Check out the Complete Eats website to find out more.  

Complete Eats is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2015-70018-23357. Learn more at or email

OSPI CHILD NUTRITION assists school districts and other institutions in providing quality nutrition programs that promote life-long healthful living while providing nutritious meals each day that prepare children for learning. 

Technology Resources for Families who Participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program

Comcast/Xfinity now offers internet service for $9.95/month for families who participate in the National School Lunch Program (free and reduced lunch). Families should contact Comcast/Xfinity  or call Comcast at 1-855-846-8376.

ISD also offers free (surplussed) desktop computers (and Windows/Office software) to families who participate in the National School Lunch Program (free and reduced lunch). Families should talk to their school counselor or a staff member.

Student PIN Numbers and Account Balances in Family Access

Instructions on how to access your student's lunch PIN number and account balance are now in Family Access. Account balance information shown is 24 hours old.

Note: if your student changes schools within the district, their PIN number will change as well. This new PIN number will be available in mid August before the start of every new school year.

Summer Meals and Snacks for Kids

The Washington State Summer Meals Program feeds kids and teens 18 years and under. Sites are located at places such as schools, parks and community centers. Resources for families:

Services and Contacts

Christine Richardson - Food Service Specialist 

Nancy Beltz - Food Service Supervisor 

Brian Olson - Director-Food Service 

USDA Equal Opportunity Information

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, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 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 Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may 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 complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, 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 mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.