Nutrition Services

Welcome to the Irvine Unified School District Nutrition Services web page.  We look forward to providing nutritious meals at breakfast and lunch for our students and staff.  Our menu analysis meets the Healthy School Meal Initiative guidelines for the minimum and maximum percentages of fat, saturated fat, protein, iron, vitamins and calorie requirements for children in grades K - 12.

6/1/21 Update:  Effective June 2, IUSD will serve community meals on Wednesdays only. Nutrition Services will provide a week’s worth of breakfast and lunches on these days. The Creekside Learning Center will remain the pick-up location and the hours will be from 7-8:30 a.m. IUSD will serve community meals every Wednesday through August 11. 

free meal grab-n-go every wednesday

Summer Feeding Poster 2021

*No pork items are served in our Community Meals*

Click here for information on keeping your school meals safe at home.

COMING SOON! Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) 2.0

What is P-EBT?
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provides food benefits to help families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals!

  • P-EBT is run by the California Department of Social Services in collaboration with the California Department of Education. 
  • Funds to purchase groceries are given on a card similar to an EBT card.
  • Children can continue to receive FREE meals at school or Community Meals for home while also receiving P-EBT benefits.

Who can receive P-EBT benefits?
In order to receive P-EBT benefits, a student must qualify during school year 2020-21 for free or reduced-price meals based on one of the following:

  • Free or reduced-price meal application
  • Participation in a benefit program (CalFresh, CalWORKS, Medi-Cal) as identified through direct certification
  • Status of homeless or foster

How do I receive my benefits?
The next round of P-EBT benefit cards will be mailed to qualifying students beginning in April through June.  This time there is no online application - qualifying students are automatically mailed their P-EBT benefit cards based on their mailing address on file at their school.

***We ask that parents ensure that their address on file with the school (Parent Portal) is CORRECT!***
Parents with multiple students must ensure that all of their students' addresses on file are correct.  If your address in the parent portal is not correct, call your school office.

Where can I get more information?  Who can I call for questions?
Please visit https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt for more detailed information.
If you have questions about your P-EBT benefits, call the P-EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677
IUSD offices are not able to assist with questions about P-EBT eligibility or issuing new benefits.

 

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.
    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

    child with fruits

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.