EVERY LUNCH MATTERS LONG BEACH

We are closing our fund!

Thanks to California’s “school meals for all” legislation, meals for all students in Kindergarten to 12th grade will be free of charge. Therefore, we are closing this fund as donations to school lunch toward students’ cafeteria accounts will no longer be necessary.

Our deep gratitude goes to all the people who had contributed and/or supported this fund. Because of your generosity and kind gestures, students in the Long Beach Unified School District were well nourished and ready to learn. 


Every Lunch Matters was founded when one mom realized students were going hungry in LBUSD. The policy of the district is to restrict students who do not have money or credit to a milk and a piece of fruit. The rest of the tray goes into the trash. She couldn’t imagine her growing 5 year old having to sustain himself (and focus in class) on such a small amount of food each day.

In an attempt to contact the district and make a donation to eliminate some negative balances for needy students, she realized it wouldn’t be easy.  She had to identify a school, meet with the principal, decide which students would receive the donations, etc… She was determined to make it EASY.  Easy for busy parents like herself to help hungry kids who are at school and want to learn and want to eat.


You can earmark your donation to your school of choice. Twenty-seven schools in Long Beach are Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools. That means every student at these 27 CEP schools receives free meals without further meal application. Therefore, those CEP schools are omitted from the list of schools to choose from. If your school of choice has received enough donations to cover students’ negative balances, your donation will remain at your school of choice to cover future debts. You donation is used at 100% towards to student cafeteria fund. Donations that do not specify a school site will be directed to the “most needy” category.

Donate HERE.  Lunch costs $2.75 (3.25 for Middle School)

Schools in Need of Donations (Excludes schools that are fed for free):

Elementary Schools – Alvarado, Barton, Birney, Bixby, Bryant, Burbank, Burcham, Carver, Cleveland, Dooley, Emerson, Fremont, Gant, Henry, Holmes, Kettering, Longfellow, Los Cerritos, Lowell, MacArthur, Madison, Mann, Naples, Prisk, Riley, Twain, Webster, Willard

K-8 Schools – Cubberley, Gompers, Hudson, Muir, Newcomb, Powell, Tincher

Middle Schools – Bancroft, Hamilton, Hoover, Hughes, Keller, Marshall, Rogers, Stanford, Stephens

High Schools – Avalon (K-12), Browning, Cabrillo, California Academy for Mathematics and Science, Jordan, Lakewood, McBride, Millikan, Polytechnic, Renaissance, Sato, Wilson


If you or someone you know would like to say thank you for a gift from an Appetite Angel, please email EveryLunchMattersLB@gmail.com

Partnership opportunities available. Email EveryLunchMattersLB@gmail.com