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USDA Dietary Guidelines

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):

  • Arden Middle School, 1640 Watt Avenue, Sacramento - 10:00-10:30 AM
  • Bella Vista High School, 8301 Madison Avenue, Fair Oaks - 9:00-9:30 AM
  • Dyer-Kelly Elementary School, 3101 Bell Street, Sacramento - 10:00-10:30 AM
  • El Camino High School, 4300 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento - 9:00-9:30 AM

Beginning December 6, 2021, the following site will also be offering curbside meals:

  • Choices Charter School, 4425 Laurelwood Way, Sacramento - 11:30 AM - 12:00 NOON

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]

 

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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. 

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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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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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Already have an EBT card? Get your groceries delivered to your door with CalFresh and Amazon Fresh.  The Health Education Council has created step-by-step tutorial videos, available in English, Spanish and Farsi.

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.

Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication

 
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