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Meal Information for Distance Learning 2020

UPDATE! USDA extends free meals for children 18 and under

USDA has issued updated guidance that meals can be provided at no cost to all children 0 - 18 years old. Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020, one breakfast and one lunch per child, packaged together, will be handed out curbside to all children 0 - 18 year from the attached 44 school sites. Non-meat options will be available to families upon request.

Days - Monday through Friday, excluding holidays and non-instruction days

Pickup Times: all sites between 7:00 - 8:30 a.m.

If you cannot pickup in the morning, the following options will be available:

  • Elementary Schools: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Middle Schools and Meraki High School: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Bella Vista, El Camino, Mira Loma, Rio Americano: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
  • Encina and San Juan: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Casa Roble: 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.


To allow adults or others to pickup meals for students without them being present, and to help us meet state program requirements, each family will be issued a new green validation form by our curbside Nutrition Services staff that authorizes the pickup of a specific number of meals. The new green form will be needed each time meals are picked up.

There are two ways in which a family may obtain the new validation form:

1.Bring the validation letter that was issued to you by Nutrition Services in August and a new green validation form will be issued to you based on the number of students listed on the old letter.


2. On the first day of meal pickup, bring with you the letter, if you have one, and any other children for whom you  will be picking up meals. A green validation form will be issued to you based on that number of children. After the first day, children need not be present for pickup.

NOTE: If you lose your new green validation form, you will need to bring all children again in order to be issued a new form.

Meal Applications for 2020 - 2021

Households with school-aged children enrolled in SJUSD are strongly encouraged to apply for free and reduced-price meals for the 2020/2021 school year. Apply online at or pick up a meal application at one of the school sites that are serving meals curbside. If qualified, additional benefits are available.

Questions: Call San Juan Nutrition Services at 916-971-7026 or


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We know that good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

The Nutrition Services Department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

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Meal Prices

Breakfast Prices

Elementary & K-8 Schools $2.00

Middle & High Schools $2.25

Reduced-Price All Schools $0.30

Lunch Prices

Elementary & K-8 Schools $3.00

Middle & High Schools $3.50

Reduced-Price All Schools $0.40

A la Carte Milk All Schools $0.50


Meal Applications

Free & Reduced Meal applications are available online by clicking the Meal Applications icon on the left side of this page, at the Nutrition Services office at 3738 Walnut Ave., Carmichael, CA 95608, and at every school office and cafeteria.

Cal Fresh Application Assistance

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Healthy food and good nutrition support learning and success in school!

CalFresh can add to your family's food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy food in many markets, food stores, and some farmers' markets. It takes less than 5 minutes to see if you qualify and just 30 minutes for a confidential appointment to complete your application.

Apply for CalFresh at your own school, without traveling anywhere!

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please contact:

Edith Gonzalez

Community Liaison

San Juan Unified School District

Tel: (916) 979-8877

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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.

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