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Welcome to Nutrition Services

 

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SCHOOL NUTRITION - MEAL SERVICE:

Following the recent extension of a U.S. Department of Agriculture meal waiver, the Kern High School District is providing free meals to all children ages 2 to 18 for the 2020-2021 school year.  Until further notice, all 18 comprehensive high schools and Nueva Continuation High School will provide curbside drive-through meal distributions two days a week, Mondays and Thursdays, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Serving time at Arvin High School only is Monday and Thursday, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

There will be no meal distribution on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays, however meals for these days will be included in the meal distribution on Mondays and Thursdays, along with meals for weekend days (Saturday, Sunday). Each child will receive a grab and go bag consisting of multiple meals. All distribution sites will be providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals, with the exception of Centennial, Frontier, Liberty and Stockdale, which will be serving breakfast and lunch only.  Children/students need to be present to receive meals.

**At this time, KHSD is no longer providing curbside delivery of meals with Transportation Services to homes of our special education students.

Nutrition employees will continue to prepare food following very strict food and safety procedures required by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Kern County Department of Public Health (KCDPH). Some of the standard procedures and new protocols used in our cafeterias include:  

·        Standard operating procedures for food safety and sanitation 
·        Nutrition service staff wear face coverings in kitchen and serving line 
·        Health screening for employees 
·        Mandatory training for food service workers 
·        No visitors allowed in kitchen or kitchen office 

 When students return to campus in a hybrid or in-person model, the following procedures and protocols will be in place to ensure the health and safety of students and staff: 

·        Physical distancing for staff and students 
·        Schools will use at least two lunch periods 
·        Distributed lines throughout the campus 
·        Outdoor spaces will be utilized for serving and eating when possible 
·        Touchless hand sanitizer stations at each serving line 
·        Contactless point of sale (ID cards will be scanned) 
·        Plexiglass shield at point of sale 
·        Quick serve pre-packaged items 
·        Hygiene and social distancing signage and decals 
·        Tables sanitized between lunches 
·        Handwashing stations placed throughout the campus 
·        Washing hands or using sanitizer encouraged before and after eating 
·        Meals will be provided to both students present at school and to those learning from home 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEAL ELIGIBILITY

TO ALL HOUSEHOLDS:

The Kern High School District's meal service program is operating under USDA's nationwide waivers for the 2020-2021 school year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. In light of this, households from ALL site locations should be completing an Alternative Income Form as necessary for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, rather than a Free and Reduced-price Meal Application. 

Please click on the Rocketscan link below to be taken to the correct webpage to submit an online Alternative Income Form:

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Good from nature, good for you! 

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.

Our Mission is to prepare and serve nutritious meals of the highest quality by knowledgeable employees who understand and demonstrate the principles of safe food handling, quality food preparation, child nutrition, customer service, teamwork and follow Federal, State, and District policies. Our goals for success is to understand that feeding our students is our main priority as well as communicating in a professional manner. Kern High School District Nutrition Services Department is dedicated to providing our students with a well-balanced and good-tasting meal that meets all the nutrition guidelines to ensure that students have overall health and well-being.

Our meal program includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and after school snacks. Menu selections are followed based on the National School Breakfast and Lunch program guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, and administered by the California Department of Education.

We have a responsibility to keep meals as affordable as possible. Current pricing for breakfast is $1.65 and lunch is $2.90. Students participating in the dinner program and after school snacks can enjoy these meals at no charge. Meal menus, applications and program information can be accessed through our website links which includes the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program application.

Creating healthy eating habits for life is important to us! We look forward to providing meals for students so that they can perform at their best academically.

Jennifer Davis, Director Nutrition Services

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CONTACT
3701 E. Belle Terrace, Suite B, Bakersfield, CA  93307
Office (661) 827-3190
Fax  (661) 397-5523