Food Services

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Our School Cafeterias are Cafe's for Kids

Good nutrition is critical for a child’s physical, mental, and emotional development.  Schools play an important role in providing healthy environments that help students establish healthy eating and exercise habits that will follow them throughout their lives.   In order to maximize the District’s ability to provide nutritious meals and snacks, the district participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  We augment our NSLP food service proceeds with general fund contributions to serve more nutritious foods and beverages in a more appealing way.  We invite our parents to have lunch with their children in one of our cafés.  Choose from many of the items included in our full service salad bars.   Or order a bowl of homemade chili on a cold winter’s day.  Just let your child’s teacher know to add you to the morning lunch count, and we will be happy to reserve your table.


The Gold Trail Union School District Wellness Policy (BP5030) recognizes the link between student health and learning and desires to provide a comprehensive program promoting healthy eating and physical activity for district students.  It is a coordinated school health system to promote student wellness through health education, physical education and nutrition education.  We encourage parents/guardians, students, food service employees, physical education teachers, school health professionals, Board members, school administrators, and members of the public to participate in the implementation and periodic review and update of this policy.  Download the GTUSD Wellness Policy Brochure (PDF).


With the exception of students who are eligible to receive free or reduced priced meals (see information below) all students in the Gold Trail Union School District may pay on a per-meal basis or may submit payments in advance.  All students have family accounts, so a parent can submit one payment to have their entire family covered.  Download the complete Nutrition Services school meal payment policy (PDF).

Sign Up for pre-payments to your child's meal account

More and more busy people turn to the Internet every month to pay their bills online. Through this system, parents can access PaySchools to pay for school meals online. You may pay by e-check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and PayPal. The parent will immediately receive an e-mail receipt confirming their purchase(s).


How It Works

To access the PaySchools online payment processing system click on the  PaySchools logo above. You will need to enter your parent portal username and password. Please call Michele Wagstrom at (530) 626-3194 if you do not know your user name and/or password for Total Access (formerly School Dining System).

You will find a link under your family balance, "Add money to this account through". Click on this link and it will take you to the PaySchools website. From here it's easy to follow the directions to make a payment.

The first time you access PaySchools, you will be asked to create a username and password. For security purposes, your Total Access and PaySchools accounts must have two separate usernames and passwords.

PaySchools uses "Secure Sockets Layer" (SSL) software, requires passwords throughout the program, and does not store personal or credit card information to ensure privacy and securtiy for users.

If you have forgotten or lost yourPaySchools username and password, follow the steps to add add money to your account. When asked to enter your password, enter your email address and click on "forgot password." Your PaySchools user name and password will be emailed to you. Gold Trail staff can NOT retrieve your PaySchools information if you forget it.

Free and Reduced Priced Meals

The National School Lunch Program is a federally funded program that assists schools in providing nutritious meals to children at reasonable prices. Free or reduced price meals are provided to children who qualify for benefits according to specified family size and income standards. Information is available in English (PDF) and in Spanish (PDF).  If you believe that your family qualifies, download the application in English (PDF) or download the application  in Spanish (PDF). Applications are also available in both school offices. Only complete one application per family.   Please note that you will need to provide your child with lunch or lunch money until you are officially approved for the program.  Feel free to contact Linda Spies, our Food Service Supervisor, at (530) 626-2595, or email her at, with any questions or concerns.


In California, needy children are eligible to receive at least one nutritious meal daily while attending school.  When school is out, children often miss this nutritious meal.  A well-balanced diet is important to a child's growth and development.  Children who do not receive proper nutrition do not concentrate or perform well when they are in school.   Providing children with a nutritious meal when school is not in session helps them return to school ready to learn and to succeed.

The local summer meal service site for our District is located at the Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County,  2840 Mallard Lane, Placerville CA. 95667, Phone 530.295.8019 (At the corner of Mallard and Green Valley Roads).  Click here for a map of the location and click on the noted address for directions.  Click here for 2108 summer meal sites for the entire State of California.

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Contact Information:

Linda Spies, Food Service Supervisor
889 Cold Springs Rd.
Placerville, CA 95667
530 626-2595
530 626-3289 FAX


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights,
1400 Independence Avenue, SW,
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
or call (800) 795-3272
or (202) 720-6382 (TTY)

or download the form (PDF).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.