FREE MEALS FOR 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
San Juan Unified Nutrition Services department remains committed to serving children healthy meals that support students' academic efforts and a healthy lifestyle. As a result of the USDA's extension of special COVID-19 waivers, we are able to offer FREE breakfast (at participating schools) and FREE lunch to all enrolled students in the district for the 2021-22 school year.
Our food distributors are still facing challenges in manufacturing and product unavailability or shortages may necessitate menu substitutions from our published menus on occasion. Our school meals meet or exceed the latest federal and state requirements and are designed to ensure that students receive a balanced meal low in fat and sodium. Current guidelines for lunch require us to offer 5 components daily: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, meat/meat alternatives and milk. A student must take at least 3 of the 5 required components and at least 1 of those 3 must be a fruit or a vegetable.
Precautions put into place last year for COVID will still be practiced during our meal service, and Nutrition Services staff will continue to practice safe food handling procedures to provide a safe environment for our students to receive a nutritious meal. Salad bars will not be operated, but fresh fruits and vegetables will still be offered to the best possible extent. All applicable menu items will be packaged and (except for milk) our a la carte sales will be suspended at sites.
Since meals are free this year under the special USDA waiver, the Free & Reduced-Price Meal program applications are not being accepted at this time. However, we encourage every household to complete the School Funding Form via the Parent Portal.
Curbside meals will be available to Homeschool/Independent Study and non-enrolled children between the ages of 0 - 18 years beginning August 12. Lunch for same day and breakfast for next day will be provided in a t-shirt bag. Microwave instructions are available below. Serving locations and times are as follows, Monday through Friday (unless it is a district holiday):
In order to receive an orange validation form, you must: (1) bring all your children with you, or (2) bring Homeschool/Independent study enrollment document. Once Nutrition Services site staff validates and gives you the applicable form(s), you must show the form(s) every time you come to receive meals. Nutrition Services will only provide meals to the pre-validated number of children or the number of children present for pickup. If the validation form is lost, or the number of children changes, a new validation form(s) will be required.
We look forward to welcoming your children back to the cafeteria.
Nutrition Services department contact information: 916-971-7026 or [email protected].
Curbside Meal Heating Instructions
MEAL APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2021/2022 SCHOOL YEAR
San Juan Unified will continue to provide free meals to all students going into the 2021-22 school year, and families are no longer required to submit a federal meal application to participate. Instead, all families are asked to complete a School Funding Form this year.
A portion of every school's funding and other resources are determined by the need of its students. To help demonstrate that need, all families in San Juan Unified are asked to complete one School Funding Form per household between July 1 and October 31, 2021.
Families are asked to update annual information including emergency contacts via the Parent Portal before the start of each school year. As part of this process, parents/guardians will also be asked to complete the School Funding Form this school year.
By completing the form as soon as possible, you will help our schools reach the goal of getting funds to support our students' academic achievement, creating equitable learning environments, and building partnerships to develop leadership at all levels.
Notice: The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19853(b) requires local educational agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to annually notify households about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.