Welcome to the Dayton School District Food Services Department

If your family receives Basic Food through DSHS and your children receive free or reduced-price school meals, you do not need to apply for P-EBT. You will automatically receive these one-time benefits on your EBT card. You will need to apply for P-EBT if your children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals but do not receive Basic Food benefits.

All students in grades K-5 qualify since Dayton Elementary is a CEP Program school (all students are receiving free meals). Families would need to apply for the P-EBT card (when the application is open) to receive the EBT card in the mail within 35 days of submitting the application.

Students in grades 6-12 who are not receiving Basic Food benefits but are receiving free or reduced priced meals are eligible for an EBT card. If you have had a change of income since school closed in March, families are eligible to fill out a free & reduced form and return it to the District office. Last day to turn in a new free & reduced form will be Thursday, June 25th.

If you have questions regarding program eligibility or need more information regarding the Pandemic EBT card, please contact Jana Eaton at 509-382-2543 or 509-520-7051.

Thursday, June 18th will be the last day for the emergency meal program meals that the school district has been sending out since March 23rd. To date over 12,800 meals have been distributed by District staff and volunteers in buses, vans and in-house pickup.

Letter to Families & Flyer

Free & Reduced Application

As we head in to March our food service department is excited to try new menu items and celebrate holidays and events. We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday with green eggs and ham on March 13th. Parents, grandparents & friends are welcome to join us for breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, March 13th. Please RSVP to the elementary office or return the RSVP form on the invitation flyer. Adult breakfast is $2.50. 
Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast Flyer/Invitation 

The following are some of the new menu items we will be showcasing in March:

Breakfast for lunch - March 11th Sausage gravy, biscuits & cheddar omelet

Pizza Rippers with Marinara Sauce - March 13th

Teriyaki Bowl - Diced chicken with rice and steamed Asian vegetables - March 19th

Pulled Pork Sandwich - March 27th

Chicken strips were such a hit in February that we are bringing them back twice in March. On March 9th we have paired them with mashed potatoes and gravy. Yum! On St. Patrick's Day there may be a wee bit of magic in the cafeteria. On the menu will be Lucky Burritos, Magical Corn & Shamrock Cake along with our daily fresh fruits and vegetables. 

Thank you for your support and to our awesome kitchen staff, Mikki Allicia & Susan who work hard to prepare and serve yummy & nutritious meals daily. 

Wishing you a rainbow of happiness & good cheer,


Members of our local Kiwanis group were able to take time out of their busy schedules to serve lunch to our students on two separate occasions in November.  We appreciate your continued support of our District and our programs. Our Thanksgiving lunch featured turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, a whole wheat roll and pumpkin pie along with our daily fresh fruits and vegetables.  


6-12 Salad Bar

Available Daily

K-5 Vegetable & Fruit Bar

Taste Washington 

**Taste Washington Day is an annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals during the fall harvest season. Schools connect with local farms to make the most of our bountiful fall harvest, and use Taste Washington Day to kick off Farm to School Month in October. This year apples & pears from warren orchards were served along with pluots & nectarines from the yakima valley. 


Beginning the 2019-2020 school year all students in grades preschool through 5th will receive free breakfast and lunch as part of the Community Eligibility Provision Program or CEP. Dayton qualified for this program by identifying that 40 percent of the student population (in the elementary building) qualified for free meals without the use of household applications (for example those directly certified through SNAP).

The program was authorized by Congress as a part of the Healthy, Hunger‐Free Kids Act of 2010. It was phased in over a period of 3 years, starting with D.C., Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The program became available nationwide beginning July 1, 2014.

As part of the program Free & Reduced applications are no longer required to be filled out. However, some of the education programs the district provides are funded from state dollars that require our school to collect household information for all students attending CEP schools.

In order to collect the information, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has developed the Family Income Survey. The Family Income Survey is used to capture information and ensure the district/school receives all of the funding it is entitled to for other state funded education programs.

If you have questions or would like more information please contact Food Services Director, Jana Eaton, at 509-382-2543. 

Join us for breakfast or lunch

The Dayton School District is proud to announce that we have partnered with Spokane Produce, along with Food Services of America , to offer a selection of  fresh fruits and vegetables daily. Breakfast includes a whole grain rich entree, fruit and milk. Lunch includes a protein item, a whole grain rich item, choice of fruit and or vegetable (both items offered daily at lunch service) and milk. Stop by and join us for a hot, nutritious and of course delicious, meal. If you need more information please contact the District office at 509-382-2543. I look forward to hearing from you!
Jana Eaton
Food Services Director

Request for Special Dietary Accommodations

Federal law and USDA regulation require school nutrition programs to make reasonable modifications to accommodate children with disabilities. Under the law, a disability is an impairment which substantially limits a major life activity, which can include allergies and digestive conditions, but does not include personal diet preferences. 

To request dietary accommodations please have your doctor complete the Request for Special Dietary Accommodations" form and return to the school nurse or Jana Eaton, Food Services Director. If you have questions please call Jana at 509-382-2543.   
Request for special dietary accommodations form

USDA Non Discrimination Statement
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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 responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or 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 discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint 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:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
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