Food Services

  • Welcome to the Highland Lakes Cafe

    HLE Cafe Information
    The Pinellas County School District participates in the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Program. Nutritious meals are served every school day. All meals served must meet patterns established by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
    Meal Times: Breakfast 8:15-8:35 Student Lunches 10:20-12:55
    Breakfast will be free for all students. 

    Our Highland Lakes students will continue to have a variety of fruits and vegetables to choose from in our cafeteria for breakfast and lunch. Students will still be required to choose a minimum of one serving of a fruit or one vegetable for a complete breakfast or lunch meal. There will now be a new maximum of up to two servings of fruit and two servings of vegetables.  Posters are up in our Panther cafeteria to notify students of these changes.


    A free app is available from to view the nutrient content of meals served.

    ***Highland Lakes Elementary Leadership Academy will require that all foods and beverages sold, served, and offered during the school day, and the extended school day, meet Smart Snack's guidelines. We do not offer food/beverage from outside venues (includes vending machines, school stores, snack carts, in-school fundraising).

    2009113017MazieCollins Nutrition Nugget

    Helpful ideas for making healthy food choices fun for the entire family!


    Lunch Accounts
    My School Bucks offers you a convenient, easy, and secure way to make prepayments using your bank account or your Visa or MasterCard. Families can put money in their child's student account for meals and a la carte items from the cafeteria.

    Registration is free and quick, so get started today! You will need to have your child's 10 digit school ID number available to register.

    fruit Free & Reduced Lunch
    Families can use this fast and secure way to apply for free or reduced lunch. The application can also be helpful for accessing other programs such as Clothes for Kids.
    You are welcome to call Pinellas County Food Services at (727)547-7151 for more information on how to apply.
      5 Simple Solutions for Outstanding Cafe Behavior

    1) Stay in your seat- raise your hand for help

    2) Eat your own food

    3) Talk quietly with an indoor voice

    4) Use your best manners- respect others around you

    5) Clean up after yourself- leave no trash behind

    Cafe Contacts
    Food Service Manager: Joyce Johnson
    (727) 669-1259

    Karen Bastien:  Food Service Specialist

    Food Service Assistants:

    Theresa Bitz     Amber Clukey     Tanya Gotsis




    PCSB Food Service
    Additional food service information from the district office.