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Welcome to Food And Nutrition Services!

 

HELLO!

Dear Parents,

We continue to distribute free school meals for children 18 and under at the curbside at every school. Meals are distributed on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 1:00 p.m. Please go the district’s website, click on Parent Portal to print a barcode. You may want to create an account in order to access the bar code. Bring the printed bar code to the curbside to expedite meal service.

We encourage you to fill out the income form even though you are receiving free meals at the curbside. Why? Because your child's status helps the district receive additional funding for educational programs that will benefit your child's learning.  It may also help your child to receive benefits in testing, scholarships, etc. as well as other government or private funding for your household.  

Looking for virtual after school enrichment actitivities?  Visit our ASES website: https://sites.google.com/ausd.us/ausdchildcareresources/home

 

NEWS AND UPDATES 

 

~ Due to school construction, all  meal distribution from Marguerita School are moved to Northrup School.  You may also pick up from any site closer to you.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and thank you in advance for your understanding.

 

~ Changes are coming as we welcome students back on campus!

Starting on Monday, April 5, our curbside service time will be shortened.  We will serve from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at all schools except Marguerita.  On-campus meals will be provided for students who attend school all-day.

 

~ Bus Stop Service

From 4/5/21 to 4/19/2021,  we are having only one bus service location open. The only bus stop service will be at San Gabriel and Garvey at the Skechers shopping center parking lot.  

Starting on Wednesday, 4/21/2021, we will be able to once again offer bus stop meal services at 6 locations in San Gabriel and Rosemead areas.  Every Wednesday only, we will provide meals to cover the entire week with a super-sized meal box containing 10 main and side dishes, an extra-large 16” pizza, and a bottle of milk at the bus stops only.  First come, first serve.

Our school curbside services remain unchanged.  We ask you to only pick up a weekly meal at any bus stops on Wednesdays, or pick up meals from schools on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  We will not provide duplicate meals and will randomly verify so that we are following rules and regulations of the program.

Please see the flyers below for bus stop locations.

 

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We understand there are a lot of changes.  Please call us at (626) 943-6590.  Our friendly staff will be happy to answer your questions.

 

 

See what's in the meal bag during the week of 5/3/2021.

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See what's in the meal bag during the week of 5/10/2021.

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Great News on Free Suppers! 

We will have free suppers avaialble for ALL schools on October 1, 2020. We will offer free suppers at Brightwood and Monterey Highlands with the rest of the schools.  Suppers are provided for weekends as well.  Please check the flyer "What's in your Meal Bag" below for more informaiton. 

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LET'S MAKE SURE FOOD IS KEPT SAFE

AFTER YOU PICK IT UP FROM US!  

See below for helpful information on how food should be handled at home.

 

Storage and Heating Instructions

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 Food Safety at Home 

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Make Online Payments - Fast, Easy, Secure                    

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Make prepayments online anytime at MySchoolBucks.com!

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Please note that the information provided on your meal application is solely used for our school meal programs.  We do not share the information with other Federal, State, or Local agencies.  

For more information, please refer to AUSD Board Resolution No. 16-17-16  

Resolution Regarding the Board's Commitment to Ensure Safe Haven. 

 

If you need general information, please contact Maryhelen Soto at soto_maryhelen@ausd.us

For inquiries on eligibility, please contact Kathy Mach at mach_kathy@ausd.us

Thank you.

HOW MUCH DOES A SCHOOL MEAL COST?

 

Kindergarten to 8th Grade Meals  

Lunch           $3.00  Full Paid     Or     $.40  Reduced (if approved)

Breakfast    $1.50 Full Paid

 

High School Meals

Lunch           $3.25  Full Paid     Or     $.40  Reduced (if approved)

Breakfast    $1.75  Full Paid

 

Ala Carte Items

Milk (8 oz.)    $.60 (student)     or    $.75  (adult)

Juice (8 oz.)  $.75 (student)    or    $.75  (adult)

Juice (4 oz.)  $.50 (student)    or    $.50  (adult)

 

Adult Meals

Lunch           $4.00 without beverage  or  $4.75 with beverage

Breakfast    $2.50 without beverage  or  $3.25  with beverage

 

 

Click to apply with the Alternative Income Form

        Alternative Income Form       

 

We are currently serving anyone 18 and under a free meal using a special waiver approved by the USDA.  Should the district returns to operate the regular school programs, the following informaiton will become applicable.

Apply ONLINE for Free or Reduced Meal Applications.  A fast and convenient way to apply for benefits with added privacy. Simply click the "Online Meal Applications" button above to get started!

Parents now have the ability to quickly and easily put funds into their children’s school meal account via on-line transactions. Online payments are a simple, safe and secure way to make payments to your students account 24 hours a day at your convenience.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


1  When are the serving times and days during distance learning?

    During Distance Learning we serve on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00pm to 1:30pm at all schools.  

2  What are the reheating instructions?

    Heating Instructions can be found on www.ausd.us, click on departments, click on Food and Nutrition Services, click on Menus, and find the instructions under Other Documents.

3  Can I prepay at the curbside?

    At this time we are not accepting prepayments at the curbside. You can arrange for payments by calling the Food and Nutrition Services Office @ 626-943-6590, or Make prepayments online anytime at MySchoolBucks.com!

4  I have multiple kids, can I pick up at one site?

    Yes, Please call the Food and Nutrition Services Office @ 626-943-6590 to make the arrangements before picking up your meals.

5  What is the menu?

    Menus can be found on www.ausd.us, click on departments, click on Food and Nutrition Services, click on Menus, and find the instructions under Other Documents.

6  Where can I find the barcode?

    The barcode can be found on the top of your parent portal in the middle of the screen and reads Click for Student Barcode.

7  Where is the parent portal?

    You can access the parent portal by visiting www.ausd.us, scroll down the page and click on the Parent Portal link.

8  How do I go upon getting a refund?

    Please call the Food and Nutrition Office @ 626-943-6590 to request a refund.

9  How long does it take for a refund to be mailed?

    The refund will be processed in the form on a check and it will take 2-3 weeks to be received.

10  Can I transfer funds from one student to another?

     Yes! Call the Food and Nutrition Office @ 626-943-6590 to transfer the funds.

11  Where can I find the online application?

     Visit www.ausd.us, click on Parent Resources, scroll down and click on Apply for Lunch!

12  What forms of payments are accepted?

      We can accept Cash/Check by calling the Food and Nutrition Services Office @ 626-943-6590 to make the payment arrangements or card payments through MySchoolBucks.com!

13  Who do I write the check out to?

      Please address checks to Alhambra Unified School District Cafeteria Fund

14  What do I write in the memo of a check?

      On checks make sure to list the student name, ID number, and school on the memo line.

15  My child has food allergies, what do I have to do?

      The Medical Statement Request for Special Meals can be found on www.ausd.us, click on departments, click on Food and Nutrition Services, click on Menus, find the request form under Other Documents,

16  I don't know my student's ID #, where can I find it?

      The student ID can be found using your parent portal access.

17  I never got my P-EBT card, what can I do?

      Call the P-EBT helpline at 833-780-0353.

18  I want to know my eligibility, who or where can I find that information?     

      Please call the Food and Nutrition Services Office @ 626-943-6590 if you have not been notified of your eligibility.

 

 

 

 

 

ALHAMBRA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

POLICY FOR HANDLING STUDENTS WITHOUT PAYMENT (UNPAID MEAL BALANCE POLICY)

 

Alhambra Unified School District’s Food & Nutrition Service Department recognizes adequate nutrition is essential to students’ mental, physical, and academic growth.  All children (grades K through grade 12) participating in the school meal programs, whether at a free, reduced, or paid rate, may receive a reimbursable meal that meets USDA requirements in compliance under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).  Meals will be provided based on the eligibility status of the student and a student who is not eligible to receive free meals may be charged for the meal served.

 

First Day of School -

A student’s meal eligibility is determined on a yearly basis.  A student who does not have an approved status for the current year will be served reimbursable school meals based on the previous year’s eligibility status for a grace period of 30 school days.

On the first day of school, students who are not yet approved or are not eligible for free or reduced-price meals per prior year status may receive a meal and the meal will be charged to their account at full price.  The parent or guardian will receive an automated phone call and/or email on Sundays explaining the student’s non-eligibility for free or reduced price meals and the unpaid meal balance incurred.  Information on online application for free or reduced-price meals and online payment will be provided.

Students may use a meal card issued by the cafeteria, school ID card with barcodes, School ID numbers, or correct name to receive a meal based on the approved status.

 

After the First Day of School -

Students who are not eligible for free meals will continue to receive a meal and their account will be charged.

 

Weekly Ongoing Notice -

A weekly automated phone call and an email will be made from the Food & Nutrition Services office to those who incur a negative balance of their meal account.  The call and email will be addressed to parents or guardians.  The school’s Home School Coordinator will assist in reaching out to those who may have a language barrier to provide information on outstanding balance and the unpaid meal policy.  Information on online payment and online application will be provided.

Students who transfer from another school within the Alhambra Unified School District, and have been approved for free or reduced price meals will continue to receive meal benefits.  Students who transfer from another school district need to apply for meal benefits in Alhambra Unified School District unless the District is able to directly certify the student.  A student is considered in full paid status unless a meal application is approved or directly certified.

Students who have negative meal balance may be denied charging on A La Carte items.

Delinquent or unrecovered debt will not be carried over to the next school year.  After Food & Nutrition Services has taken all reasonable steps to recover the unpaid meal balances (debt) and the efforts are unsuccessful, the debt is considered as bad debt.  At the end of the fiscal year, General fund will transfer the total amount of bad debt to the cafeteria fund to repay the nonprofit school food service account.  All negative account balance in the cafeteria account will be returned to zero in the student’s meal account before the beginning of the new school year.   The District may make other efforts to collect the bad debt as permitted by law.

 

 

 

What you should know: 

Every meal is accounted for based on the eligibility status.  Unpaid meals become a financial burden to the District’s general fund.  Schools are asked to provide assistance to communicate unpaid meal policy and to collect unpaid meal balances whenever possible.

It is the intent of related law to prohibit school personnel from denying or delaying a school meal as a way to punish a child for any reason and to establish transparent rules for resolving unpaid school meal fees owed.  A pupil whose parent or guardian has unpaid meal charges shall not be shamed, treated differently, or served a meal that differs from others.

Unpaid meal policy must be communicated in writing to families at the start of the school year or when the student attends school in the midyear.

Schools may not take any action directed at a pupil to collect unpaid meal debt, but must direct these efforts to the parent or guardian.

The law is not intended to allow for the indefinite accrual of unpaid meal fees.

 

 Remember: 

 

Students are to be treated with respect at all times.  If the cafeteria manager/lead feels a student needs to be disciplined, he/she should contact the appropriate school official.

 

Alhambra Unified School District's Food and Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of professionals dedicated to promote student wellness and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods and beverages served in your child's school cafeteria meet all State and Federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. This school year, Alhambra USD is moving forward in implementing the new meal patterns required by The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  In menu planning, more fruits and vegetables will be provided in the cafeterias.  We are increasing the use of whole-grains while reducing the levels of sodium and saturated fat in your child's school meals.  We are providing only fat-free and 1% low fat milk to all students.  In action, our cafeteria staff will encourage each student to take at least 1/2 cup of fruits or vegetables with each school lunch.  We are here to help students form a healthy life style - YOU CAN THANK US LATER!

 


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Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication

Below is the specific language that LEAs must include when notifying households about the EITC. This language is in RTC Section 19854:

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 website 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 website at www.ftb.ca.gov.

There are many options for notifying households about the EITC which may include in­–person, electronic, mail, flyers, or by phone.

 

For additional information, refer to the IRS EITC web page at https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/earned-income-tax-credit or the California EITC web page at https://www.ftb.ca.gov/file/personal/credits/california-earned-income-tax-credit.html.

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding this subject, please contact the IRS by phone at 800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov. You can also contact the Franchise Tax Board by phone at 800-852-5711 or through its website at www.ftb.ca.gov.

Thank you.

Nutrition Services Division

California Department of Education

 
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