Why did the MVSD change lunch providers?

    Last spring the district was informed by its former lunch provider ChoiceLunch that their company will no longer be partnering with public schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  As many of you know, the California Department of Education commenced no cost breakfast and lunch meals for the 2022-23 school year.  Accordingly, on April 22, 2022, the District issued the California Department of Education (“CDE”) approved Request for Proposal and Model Fixed-Price Contract for School Food Authorities Procuring the Services of a Food Service Management Company (“RFP”).


    As required, the District first solicited all local Marin County School Districts to provide meals. There were no responses from our Marin public schools. The district then solicited food services vendors, including the current lunch vendor. The following vendors were solicited:


    • Better 4 You Meals

    • ChoiceLunch

    • Dee's Organic Catering

    • LunchMaster

    • Revolution Foods

    • SchoolFoodies (declined RFP as they do not comply with the NSLP)

    • School Nutrition Plus


    The District also posted requests for proposals on its website so any meal vendor could access and respond if interested.  The District did not receive any proposals in response to its RFP.  The district then went back to solicit vendors again and LunchMaster was the only company who accepted the meal proposal with the MVSD for 2022-23.  In Marin, LunchMaster also serves Larkspur Corte Madera School District, Miller Creek School District, Reed Union School District, and Ross Valley School District. 


    What is the cost for lunch?

    There is no direct cost to any student in our school district for breakfast or lunch for this service.  The combined State and federal meal reimbursement rate is $3.155/meal and $5.305/meal, respectively for breakfast and lunch. This reimbursement rate must cover staff compensation for food service coordinators, meal costs and meal equipment, including refrigeration. Therefore, the district uses funds from the general operating budget to cover the additional cost. 


    Why did service from our vendor cease this week?
    LunchMaster, informed us that due to the high demand of orders across Marin County, they will be suspending food delivery for schools starting tomorrow, Thursday, August 25th through Friday, September 2nd.   They plan to resume service to us on Tuesday, September 6th.  This impacts all Marin County school districts who use this service. LunchMaster has stated they will use this window of time to close their facility, re-organize, bring in more products, and access more equipment.  We understand that this is inconvenient, but we are hopeful that given intensive restructuring, LunchMaster will be able to successfully cater to our students’ needs after Labor Day. 

    What does this mean for my child? 

    In the meantime, to ensure our students are healthy and fed, we are asking that families plan ahead, ensure that your child eats breakfast, and pack a lunch during this period, if possible.  To ensure that students still have the opportunity to have a free breakfast and/or lunch, we are working with local vendors, and will be able to provide limited service which will consist of breakfast and lunch foods, and milk. 


    How do I order lunch and breakfast for the next seven school days? 

    Please use the appropriate link below to if you wish to order for lunch and/or breakfast on the days LunchMaster will be out of service. Advance ordering is required.  Unfortunately, gluten free and vegetarian options are not available at this time. 



    If you placed orders with LunchMaster for meals on dates after September 6th, these will still be in their system, however, there may be changes to the availability of menu items and/or changes to the menus.   LunchMaster continues to accept breakfast and lunch orders through their system for the dates after September 6th.




    LunchMaster - Service Resumes on September 6th, 2022.


    For the 2022-23 school year, Mill Valley School District will be partnering with LunchMaster to offer all students enrolled in the district free meals in line with California's Universal Meals Program. 


    Please Note: Even with free meals for the 2022-23 school year, it is still important to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. You can download the application from this website and submit your completed application to your school site, OR you can find a hard copy of the application at the school office. Only one application per household is needed. Completing the Free and Reduced Lunch Application may help provide the Mill Valley School District with funding and qualify students for individual benefits such as:



    • State and Federal Funding for School Budgets

    • Qualify students for individual benefits such as P-EBT Eligibility

    • Qualify students for other individual site-based benefits such as a gift certificate for the book fair, yearbook at no cost, iPad insurance at no cost, and Marin Transit bus pass for Middle School students (only)



    ​Meals can be ordered daily, weekly, or monthly, either online OR through the phone App, The LunchMaster.  To set up your account visit The LunchMaster.  Codes for each school site are listed in red on this page.  Once your account has been created, use the same link to access the site, login to your account, and start your order.  In order to reduce food waste and ensure that an accurate number of meals are delivered, all breakfast and lunch orders require advance ordering.  Same-day ordering is not available.  See new pre-ordering timelines below. 



    Breakfast orders must be placed by 9:00 a.m. one week before meal service.

    • For example, if you would like to order breakfast for a Monday, you would need to order by 9am on the Monday prior to breakfast service.

    Lunch orders must be placed by 9:00 a.m. one week before meal service.​

    • For example, if you would like to order lunch for a Monday, you would need to order by 9am on Monday prior to lunch service.


    Lunch program

    Click here for PDF version


    LunchMaster Customer Service: lmadmin@thelunchmaster.com or 650.596.8008


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Monica Wallace at 415.389.7751

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  • Use your Student's School Code to Register for an Account:

    Edna Maguire use code: ednamaguire

    Mill Valley Middle School use code: mvmiddle

    Old Mill use code: oldmill

    Park use code: parkschool

    Strawberry Point use code: strawberrypoint

    Tam Valley use code: tamvalley