Hot Lunch

Hot Lunch is a PTA­ sponsored, parent ­organized, and volunteer­ dependent lunch program available to Kindergartners-5th graders at Burton Valley.

The Burton Valley PTA, in partnership with Sodexo, offers a hot lunch and beverage program five days a week. In order for your child(ren) to participate in BVE Hot Lunch, you must opt in to the program and maintain a positive hot lunch balance. Your child(ren) will not have a lunch card to purchase Hot Lunch if you do not opt in or if your account becomes negative.



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Hot Lunch FAQs

How does it work?

Students use an Electronic Meal Card through to buy lunch in Burton Valley’s lunchroom. The electronic card is kept in the cafeteria to reduce lost and forgotten cards. Children are always welcome to bring lunch from home and just purchase milk or juice.  


What happens if a child wants to purchase lunch but does not have a card?  

If a child does not have a card, the parents will be contacted to bring a lunch from home. Children must have a hot lunch card to purchase lunch. Children will only have hot lunch cards available if the parents have opted in to the hot lunch program and maintain a positive account balance.  


What happens if an account becomes negative?

Parents with low or negative balances will be notified each Friday; balances must be made positive by the following Monday at 8:45am in order for your children to purchase hot lunch that day. 


How do I add money to my Hot Lunch account?  

There are two ways to add money to your Household account:     

• RECOMMENDED: Using a credit card, deposit money online at Money received is credited instantly. **Please note a 4.9% fee will be charged by the vendor. For example, if you deposit $100, you will be charged $104.90.  

• Drop a check in the “Hot Lunch” box in the office. Please fill out the order form in the office. Please remember to put your child’s name on the form and in the memo section of the check. Money received will be credited in the household account within a week. Please note that check or cash deposits are only made once a week.  


What if I need help paying for Hot Lunch?

If you need assistance paying for Hot Lunch, please return the free and reduced hot lunch form to the office, or contact Marsha Dahl, BVE Office Manager, or Meredith Dolley, Principal. Your information will be handled sensitively and confidentially. 


What are the Hot Lunch choices? 

Each day, students will have a choice of two hot lunch entree items. Typically there is one vegetarian option. All hot lunches include a drink.


How much does Hot Lunch cost? 

Student Lunch: $4.40

Extra Portion: $2.50

Milk/Juice: $ .50

*Please note: K­-2nd Graders do not get the option of ordering an Extra Portion. For many children, the Extra Portion is too much food to eat, especially in the amount of time given.  


How can I check my child’s account balance or receive notification when their account is at a low balance?  

You can check your child’s account balance by logging in to your family account at You can also set up automatic email notifications when your child’s balance reaches a low balance. To set up automatic notifications, log in to your account, click on “Profile”, and scroll down to the section titled “Email.” In this section, you can check the box to receive low balance notifications and set your own low balance amount.   


What happens if I have multiple children buying Hot Lunch?

Each family has a Household Account balance which is shared by all the children in your family. Regardless of which child's account reflects funds, all of your children access the Household Account equally. Please put funds on your youngest child’s account.


As an example, if you have three children it would show up like this on your statement:  

5th grader John: $0 balance  

3rd grader Sally: $0 balance  

1st grader Mary: $150.00 balance  


*If you put money on each child, the system will split the family resulting in negative balances for your other children when you add money to the Household Account.  


What happens if you have money left on your account at the end of the year?  

If you're an existing BVE student with a remaining balance, the money will rollover to the youngest BVE student's Hot Lunch account.


If your family will no long be at BVE you can donate unused funds  OR ask for a reimbursement.  Due to the extensive amount of work involved in creating reimbursements, we will not automatically be providing them, but only by individual requests to the BVE president up to two weeks after last day of school. After that date, all existing funds will be rolled over to a free and reduced lunch scholarship fund.  


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