Welcome to Food Services!
Applications For The 2018 - 2019 School Year Will Be Available In July 2018
Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication
Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its Web site at www.irs.gov.
You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its Web site at www.ftb.ca.gov.
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications:
Click Button Below to Access Online Applications
Paper Applications may be downloaded for completion online at www.cousd.net. Under Departments, choose Food Services. On the left is a button for Meal Applications.
School Meal Policy
When students come to school with no provision for lunch, the Food Services department allows students to charge lunches. All students need to pay balances due, even if students became free after charging meals. All charges remain on student accounts until paid. Nonpayment of balances due can prevent the receipt of a diploma at graduation.
To prevent the need for meal charging, the Food Services department provides free access to online meal payments available at www.paypams.com. Check or cash prepayment options are also available in the cafeteria. Using these prepayment options help parents/guardians ensure their student has provision for lunch. If prepayments are not made, students may call home when lunch or lunch money is forgotten; and parents/guardians may bring a lunch or lunch money for their student.
Charter Oak USD Food Services Passes Nutrition Audit with Flying Colors
View Nutrient Analysis on Menu page under Nutrition Info
Charter Oak USD takes part in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. This means strict nutritional guidelines must be followed for each meal served. Whole grain breads and products are used. Fruits and vegetables with their appropriate fruit and vegetable subgroup (red/orange, dark green, beans and peas, starchy, or other) must meet federal and state required offerings each week. Sugar, sodium, and fat contents are strictly monitored to meet federal guideline restrictions. When your child eats at the school cafeteria, you can be assured your student is offered foods that are nutritionally balanced.
Mobile App for PayPAMS
Now Here: PayPAMS Mobile App
What the New App Provides: The new App provides options to make payments and to view student meal account balances, cafeteria purchases, and the last 3 payments on account.
How to Download the New App: Download the app by searching for “PayPAMS” on Google Play or iPhone Store and logging in with the same user name and password you use on www.PayPAMS.com.
Breakfast---At No Cost To Families
Be Ready To Learn.
Eat Breakfast At School Every Day!
We know that good nutrition and learning go hand in hand!
Food and beverages sold or served at school meet the nutrition recommendations of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.