Welcome and thank you for allowing Salinas City Elementary School District (SCESD) the opportunity to provide your children nutritionally balanced meals. We whole heartily believe that students who eat better learn better!
The Nutritional Department for SCESD provides meal service for all students. Breakfast and lunch is offered at all 13 school sites. After school snack, (supper) is also offered to those students enrolled in after school programs; currently all sites except Lincoln and Mission Park schools qualify for these programs. For the current school year 2014-2015, five school sites were awarded the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant; those sites are, Loma Visa, Los Padres, Natividad, Roosevelt and Sherwood schools. The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides all children in the participating schools a variety of free fresh fruit and vegetables during the school day. This Program is an effective and creative way of introducing fresh fruits and vegetables as healthy snack options.
The Nutrition Services Department operates under the National School Lunch Program, which is a federally assisted meal program operating in nearly 100,000 public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Our department is self-supporting and utilizes revenues received from local, state and federal sources, part of which includes USDA donated commodity assistance.
Our team of approximately 70 food service professionals located at our 14 schools within our district is dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We are proud to be part of your student's learning experience in making healthier eating choices.
Meals sold or served at schools meet strict state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines and include increasing the availability of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low fat fluid milk. We are reducing the levels of sodium and saturated fat while still meeting all the nutritional needs of school children within their calorie range requirements.
Fruits and Vegetables dressed in a variety of color, textures and flavors draw attention to our "show stopping" salad bars as students are encouraged to make healthy choices and try new foods.
The Salinas City Elementary School District (SCESD) tries to avoid products having peanuts or other nuts as an ingredient, but SCESD cannot guarantee that foods purchased have not been in contact with peanuts or other nuts during manufacturing or that food served in the general lunch program is allergen free. In response to parental requests that SCESD identify ingredients in the products used by SCESD’s cafeterias, SCESD hereby attaches an Allergen Tolerance Report. This Report is provided for informational purposes only and is intended to serve as a resource guide, not an authoritative source. It is not a guarantee of all ingredients in all foods. Products stocked by SCESD change due to supplier changes or substitutions. Manufacturers may also change formulation and ingredient profiles without the knowledge of SCESD. Significantly, the information provided in the attached Allergen Tolerance Report is not intended to replace the advice of any physician or healthcare professional regarding allergen exposures.
Please note that SCESD is not responsible for and cannot guarantee the accuracy of any of the information contained in the attached Allergen Tolerance Report; this information is presented to SCESD’s Food Services Department through its manufacturers. This information is neither generated nor assembled by SCESD and, therefore, SCESD shall not assume or accept any liability for errors, omissions or substitutions made by the respective manufacturers. For students with severe allergies, it is strongly suggested that parents have a marked menu signed by a recognized medical authority for the cafeteria staff to follow or are encouraged to bring meals from home. SCESD cannot guarantee that a student will never experience an allergy related event while at school. Click here to learn more about this month's Menu Allergan Intolerance Report.
The Salinas City Elementary School District & Chartwells K12, the largest Food Service Management Company in the world, have been working in partnership for many years to provide the best possible meal program for our students and our community. Together we feed more than 1.7 million meals during the school year and more than 30,000 meals over the summer. Our students are served nutritious meals everyday which include a wide variety of fresh local fruits and veggies.
The Chartwells Philosophy: We believe that great food, nutrition education and community engagement can plant the seeds for a lifetime of health, wellness and happiness for your students. We call this eat. learn. live.
Learn more about Chartwells here!
ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. Click on the link to learn more about building a healthier plate.
Summer Feeding Program
Childhood food insecurity remains at unacceptable levels in California. Children are most acutely at risk in the summer when they do not have consistent access to healthy meals. The Salinas City Elementary School District works with the USDA to operate summer meal programs to address this problem. Attached is a list of dates, times and locations of our summer feeding program within our community. Anyone 18 and under is welcome to enjoy a free breakfast and/or lunch at any location during the times listed. See you soon! Learn more here!
Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. Factors considered in the application process are household size and household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated; including parents, children or grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes-this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.
If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." or your family can request a paper form from your school's Meal Clerk or school site Secretary, complete the form and return it to the Meal Clerk or Secretary. Whether you complete the form online or on paper, you will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until your receipt of notification, by mail, YOU MUST PROVIDE your child with either a lunch or lunch money. PLEASE NOTE: Meal eligibility status (free/reduced) from the prior school year are valid for the first 30 operating days of the new school year.
Families only need to complete ONE application for ALL of their children. The information the family provides will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. Please know that this information may also be used by your school for other state or federally funded school benefits.
If you have received a “Notice of Direct Certification” in the mail before school begins, you do not have to fill out an application. You have been automatically approved through benefits received under assistance programs such as CalFresh, CalWorks, TANF or KinGap.
Other eligible programs include Homeless, Runaway, Migrant or Foster Child. But you must check with the district Homeless Liaison at (831) 753-5600 to see if you are eligible.
`We can together improve the health of children by encouraging them to eat healthy and be physically active.
- Eat a variety of foods
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains
- Eat lower fat foods more often
- Be physically active
Parents, you are your child's most important role model, eating healthy is important to you. We want our families to have energy, be healthy, and stay well. You control family food choices more than you think, we in food service are here to help support your choices, as we do our best to provide your child with healthy meal choices.
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