Welcome to Nutrition Services!
We are pleased to inform you that Panama-Buena Vista Union School District will be offering free breakfast and free lunch to all enrolled students during the 2021-2022 school year.
One free breakfast and one free lunch each school day is available to all enrolled students at no charge, regardless of income or need.
Breakfast is available approximately 15-20 minutes before the morning bell at all Panama-Buena Vista school sites. Please see your student’s school site bell schedule for more details.
A la Carte Milk: The cost for a milk outside of a complete meal is 50¢ and payment must be made in advance or at time of the purchase. Payments for milk can be made in person at any of the school site kitchens, or by using the drop boxes located in the cafeteria and school office. Please be sure to include the student’s name and ID number on the outside of the pre-payment envelope.
The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District takes part in the offer versus serve program to minimize food waste. In offer versus serve, students are offered five components for lunch (protein, grain, vegetable, fruit, and milk) and are required to take a minimum of three of the five components, with at least one of them being a serving of fruit or vegetable. Students are always allowed to take all five components.
If your student brings lunch from home, they can complement this meal with the “Pick 3 Free” option by selecting a fruit, vegetable, and milk.
EDUCATION BENEFIT FORM
With meals free for all enrolled students, regardless of need, the district will not be collecting the traditional free and reduced price applications. Instead, we will collect an Education Benefit Form from all families.
Please fill out the form online by clicking the "Education Benefit Form" image below. The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere!
MEAL ACCOMMODATIONS FOR SPECIAL DIETS
Students who require a meal accommodation due to a food allergy, medical need, or disability must submit a Medical Statement for Meal Accommodations signed by a licensed healthcare professional. A meal accommodation may take approximately two weeks to implement depending on the complexity of the required diet. Forms are available here or by clicking the Special Meal Accommodations image below.
Our district's Wellness Policy helps promote the health and wellness of our students by offering good nutritious foods, nutrition education in the classroom, and physical education and fitness. Research has shown that students who eat school meals perform their best academically. Healthy eating correlates with fewer trips to the school nurse and less absenteeism.
School meals have come a long way! Today, kids are offered healthy, tasty and appealing choices: fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, zero trans fats, pizza with whole wheat crust, low-fat cheese, whole grain pasta, baked items rather than fried, and healthful cooking/preparation techniques are used.
School meals are balanced and healthy! 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.
School meals are safe! USDA commodities used in the NSLP and School Breakfast Program are safe and part of a nutritious school meal. Cafeteria employees have taken classes in safety and sanitation and all managers and cook bakers are Serv-Safe Certified in proper food handling. School kitchens are subject to two health inspections annually conducted by the local health department. According to the Food and Drug Administration, school kitchens are among the safest of commercial and institutional food service establishments. The district has also implemented a HACCP Plan which is a food safety system designed to keep food safe throughout its flow in the establishment.
Creating healthy eating habits for life is important to us! So, we invite all students to come and join us for a well-balanced meal in the cafeteria. Please check out our department's website for a variety of information regarding our programs and good nutrition.
PANDEMIC-EBT (P-EBT) CARDS
Pandemic-EBT is a federal program that is administered through the California Department of Social Services in association with the California Department of Education (CDE). School districts do not issue or reload the cards. For more information, please visit https://ca.p-ebt.org/ or contact the P-EBT Hotline at (877) 328-9677 (Monday-Friday, 6 a.m.–8 p.m.).
EMERGENCY BROADBAND BENEFIT PROGRAM (EBB)
The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is a federal program administered through the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). This is a temporary program to help eligible households pay for internet service during the pandemic. For more information, please visit: www.GetEmergencyBroadband.org or contact the EBB helpdesk at (833) 511-0311 or [email protected].
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.