Nutrition Services

 

The State of California has committed to serving free meals to all students on campus this upcoming school year. This commitment continues the program initiated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which provided free meals to all students during the pandemic.  Therefore, ALL students on campus will be eligible to receive one free breakfast meal and one free lunch meal per day.  (Please check your student's school schedule for serving times; breakfast is only served during morning recess at most elementary, K-8, and middle schools.)  Additional meals and a la carte items will be charged full price.  Please click here to view Nutrition Services' Data Confirmation Packet for more information.

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) 3.0 Update

P-EBT is a federal program that gives eligible households food benefits to replace in person school meals that children missed due to the pandemic.  P-EBT benefit levels are based on the amount of time a student missed school meals because they attended school through independent study (IS), or attended school in-person but were absent presumed due to COVID-19. P-EBT 3.0 includes benefit months August 2021 through May 2022 for School Year 2021-22 and benefit months June through August 2022 for Summer P-EBT.  

School-aged children are eligible for P-EBT 3.0 Benefits if they were:

  1. Eligible for free/reduced price meals during SY 2021-22 or summer 2022.
  2. Enrolled in a school participating in the National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program or a Provision school during SY 2021-22; AND 
  3. Did not attend school in-person because of COVID-19 during SY 2021-22.  This includes students who were enrolled in Independent Study, California's version of virtual learning, as well as students who had five or more excused absences in any given month. 

School-Aged Children will get a standard benefit amount of $7.10 for each day the student did not attend school in person in SY 2021-22.  This includes days the student attended school through Independent Study or all absence days in a month wehre the student had greater than five excused absences.  In addition, school-aged children eligible for Summer P-EBT benefits will get a standard benefit amount of $391.

  • Please visit https://capandemic-ebt.org/ for more detailed information.
  • Call P-EBT Helpline at 877-328-9677 Monday - Friday from 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • P-EBT is not administered by IUSD.  It is operated by the California Department of Social Services with the California Department of Education.
COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Families Forward

If families need food assistance, Families Forward offers a drive-thru food pantry Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., located at 8 Thomas Drive in Irvine. The drive-thru stations 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. 

Additional Long-Term Food Assistance and Community Resources

Second Harvest Food Bank

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
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Free & Reduced Price Meals

Free & Reduced Price Meal ProgramClick on the Parent Portal or TITAN School Solutions Icons below to apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals.  On the Parent Portal, you will look for the Orange TITAN Icon on the top of the web page to be taken to the TITAN Website.   OR      To apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals for the current school year, follow the following steps: Create a free account on the TITAN School Solutions website. Add your students to your account.  From your account page, click on "Meal Application" on the left. Click on the green "New Application" button on the right. Parents may also download a PDF of our paper application as an alternative to the online application.  Please print one of the applications below, complete, and submit the original to your student's cafeteria, school office, or the Nutrition Services Office.  By law, we are not able to process faxed or emailed copies, we may only accept originals for the current school year.   2022-23 Free or Reduced-Price Meal Application (For students at all schools except Creekside High) - online application Creekside High Students ONLY: 2022-23 Income Verification Form - online application 2022-23 Free or Reduced-Price Meal Application - PDF Frequently Asked QuestionsCan I just use a copy of last year's paper application and write my current information on it?Applications from prior school years cannot legally be used for the current school year.Where can I find an application?Our online application is now available.  If parents are unable to complete an online application, paper copies of the current application will be available in our Nutrition Services Office, all cafeterias, and at each school office. I have children attending different schools in IUSD; do I need to fill out a different application for each of them?One application per household may be filled out, whether or not the children are at different schools in the district.We are moving to IUSD from another district and were approved for Free Meals there, do I need to fill out another application?Applications from other districts are non-transferrable. A new application must be filled out upon entering IUSD.Our family has been on the Reduced Program every year, why do we have to reapply?Due to eligibility guidelines that change annually, a new application must be filled out for each household every school year. SCHOOL BREAKFAST MEALSBeginning with the 2022-23 school year, all Irvine Unified schools are participating in the School Breakfast Program.  Please check your school's schedule for serving times.What are the nutrition requirements for school breakfasts?School breakfasts must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans which recommends that no more than 30 percent of an individual's calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat.  In addition, breakfasts must provide one-fourth of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and calories.  The decisions about what specific food to serve and how they are prepared are made by our district Nutritionist and Director of Nutrition Services.How do children qualify for free or reduced price breakfasts?Any child attending school may purchase a meal through the School Breakfast Program. All students on campus are eligible to receive one free breakfast meal per day. What is included in a school breakfast meal?A breakfast meal includes a grain, milk, and a fruit. In order for a student's breakfast to be counted as a free, reduced price, or complete meal, they must take at least a grain item and must take a fruit. Please see our breakfast menu to see what items are included in a meal.When is breakfast served at my student's school?Breakfast meals are served during recess or snack break at most elementary and middle schools.Breakfast meals are served before school and during snack break at Culverdale Elementary School, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, and at the High School level. Earned Income Tax Credit Information ActBased 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 Web site 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 Web site at www.ftb.ca.gov.
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Catering

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