RE: Back to School 2020-2021
While the return to school this year is not what any of us envisioned, I want to assure you the Yuma School District One Child Nutrition Department is working hard to create a welcoming and safe environment to provide healthy meals for all YSD One students. We are so excited to see the children and provide them with nourishing and nutritious food that will support them, both in school and at home. We know that in-person instruction does not begin until September 8th, 2020, but our school cafeterias are open 10:30am-12:30pm, Monday-Friday to help feed our students during remote learning.
There have been some significant changes to the child nutrition department this fall. Regrettably, the primary one is related to the payment system. In March, when our schools closed because of COVID-19, the USDA (the federal agency that oversees the nation’s school lunch and school breakfast program) allowed all schools in the US to provide meals at no cost to all students and then they extended that provision through the summer. That extension has since expired. Yuma School District One has pushed forward and signed on to support a waiver to bring the no cost meals back. However, no decision has been made by the USDA at this time.
Therefore, as for now, we have to go back to the way that we provided meals before COVID-19, which means that students who have submitted an application and are approved for free and reduced price school meals will receive their meals at either the free or reduced price. Students who are not eligible for free or reduced priced meals will be charged $1.50 for their lunch, the same way as in previous years. (Breakfast is FREE for all students enrolled in a YSD One school). Our district strongly encourages families to complete an application for free and reduced priced meals. If your student was receiving free & reduced priced meals last school year, they will stay in that category until September 14th. If we haven’t received an updated application, the student will be charged $1.50 per lunch. Here is the link where you can submit an application https://family.titank12.com/ You will need your student’s 8 digit school i.d. number to begin. You must fill out a new application every school year.
In addition, we also encourage families to apply for SNAP benefits if they choose to do so. SNAP provides monthly cash benefits (on an EBT card) to purchase groceries for eligible families. To apply for SNAP, visit DES Arizona https://des.az.gov/ Families approved for SNAP are directly eligible to receive free meals at school. Our department does not handle DES questions, please call (844)841-3802 for more information. I know there is currently a wait time, so please be patient.
Please reach out with any questions you may have. Your children are the reason we do our jobs and we are here to make sure that they are fueled with good food to stay strong and healthy!
Thank you for your support,
Lisa Thrower, Child Nutrition Director
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