Student Meals and Community Resources

Student Meals Update

We are excited to welcome students back to our campuses for in-person instruction and we look forward to continuing to meet the needs of our IVA students.  Below is important information related to student meals.

Please note, meals are available for purchase or as part of the free and reduced meal program for students who qualify.  Click here for menus, payment options and more.

In-Person Instruction (applies to all in-person academic models and grade levels)

Students enrolled in in-person instruction academic models will have the following options for meals.

  • When on campus – Individually wrapped meals and food items will be available and served in accordance with state and local guidelines to limit contact and support physical distancing.  Floors will be marked to help guide students where to stand and hand sanitizer stations will be available.  Your student(s) school will provide further direction about lunch and recess/breaks. (See Nutrition Services safety planning below.)
     
  • When off campus – Daily grab and go meals will be available for morning and early afternoon pick-up.  
    • Morning – 7-8 a.m. fr families to pick up at the following sites: Jeffrey Trail Middle School, Southlake Middle School, Irvine High School and Woodbridge High School.
    • Afternoon – 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Northwood High School, Portola High School and University High School. 
IUSD Virtual Academy Students (applies to students enrolled in this 100 percent online academic model) 

Daily grab and go meals will be available for morning and early afternoon pick-up:

  • Morning – 7-8 a.m. for families to pick up at the following sites: Jeffrey Trail Middle School, Southlake Middle School, Irvine High School and Woodbridge High School. 
  • Afternoon – 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Northwood High School, Portola High School and University High School. 
Health and Safety Measures

Nutrition Services health and safety measures include but are not limited to:

  • Students will use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the cafeteria and will be required to wear a face covering. 
  • All serving lines will be single-sided, and if there are two serving lines in the cafeteria, the student lines will be on opposite sides to promote distancing. 
  • Students will line up with 6 feet of distance between each student; markings on the floor will help designate space. 
  • Elementary students will line up with their class so that Nutrition Services staff will be able to select students in the point of sale system using photos and/or names in each classroom.  This practice will eliminate students entering their number on a pin pad. 
  • Nutrition Services staff will be required to wear face coverings, plastic gloves and disposable aprons. 
  • A limited selection of entrees and a la carte items will be available.  There will be no salad bar this school year.  Everything served will be wrapped or packaged.  Utensils and condiments will be handed directly to the students.
  • Nutrition Services staff will disinfect the high-touch areas between each serving period.
  • Procedures may be modified to meet the unique needs of each site, such as smaller kitchen sizes.
IUSD’s Community Feeding Program

Families, who need food assistance, will be able to pick-up free breakfasts and lunches for the week at IUSD’s Nutrition Services facility, located at 3387 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92606.  There are two pick-up days per week from 7-8:30 a.m.

  • Mondays – Breakfast and lunch for two days will be provided. 
  • Wednesdays – Breakfast and lunch for three days will be provided.
Community Resources

 Families Forward

If families need food assistance, Families Forward offers a drive-thru food pantry (M-F) 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., located at 8 Thomas Drive in Irvine. The drive-thru stations will provide non-perishable items to families each week. No appointment is necessary. Visit Families Forward for more information.

Families Forward also offers counseling services, housing programs, career services and more. If any family is facing a housing crisis as a result of COVID-19, please click here.

Additional Long-Term Food Assistance and Community Resources

Second Harvest Food Bank Can help connect families to food resources in general and during the COVID-19 crisis. 211 OC – Is a resource center to link families to a variety of Orange County services, including food, the CalFresh program, housing, military and veteran services, and more.

How You Can Help

If you are able, please consider donating non-perishable items to Families Forward. These items can be delivered to their drive-thru pantry (M-F) 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Below is a list of most needed items.

  • Cereal
  • Pasta sauce and Dried Pasta
  • Rice (1lb and 2lb bags)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned chicken and tuna
  • Diapers (sizes 5 and 6)
  • Baby wipes

For mental health and wellness resources, enrichment activities and more, visit iusd.org/COVID19