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Student Nutrition

Our purpose:   To make sure our students are well-nourished; fueling them to succeed in this ever-changing world.
Our mission:  To provide delicious and well-balanced meals for all students in a friendly and courteous environment. 
Our vision:  We want every student to have access to the best tasting and nutritious meals at the highest level of service.
"It's on me, Meals are free!" 
one breakfast and one lunch per student every school day regardless of income at no charge 

"It's on me, Meals are free!" 
one breakfast and one lunch per student every school day regardless of income at no charge 

November 2021 Breakfast and Lunch Menus

November 2021 Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Applying for meal benefits - Good for families and for our schools

Applying for meal benefits - Good for families and for our schools

Although school meals will be provided free to all children, school funding depends on completed meal applications.  By taking a few minutes to complete our confidential application, you have directly ensured the financial support and successful continuation of our healthy, quality meal program for all children. 
 
The number of applications that are returned and approved can affect how much funding our school receives to help students meet academic benchmarks, including materials like books and computers.
 
School meals are available to all children including those learning in-person, homeschooled, or virtually.
 
Updates as of August 10, 2021
Food allergy?  food sensitity? alternative meal?

Food allergy?  food sensitity? alternative meal?

If your student has a food allergy, food sensitivity, or requires food to be further processed, you MUST fill out the form below (click link) and return to the Director of Nutrition Services. 
This form is required in order for the nutrition staff to provide/prepare alternative food and drink to your child if they are receiving meals from the school food program.   
Examples:  Child is lactose intolerant.  Child is allergic to tree nuts.  Child can not swallow and needs food pureed.
  1. Print Form
  2. Have child's doctor fill out and sign form
  3. Return completed form to Director of Nutrition Services (drop off or mail: 745 10th St., Colusa, CA. 95932; scan and email: cbarber@colusa.k12.ca.us).  Make sure to include your name and contact information.  Keep a copy for yourself.
  4. Once the form is received, it will be reviewed and the Director of Nutrition Services will call you to go over the meal plan.
 
 
What makes a meal?

What makes a meal?

Offer vs. Serve Method (OvS):  This means that for breakfast, 4 components are offered and you need to choose at least 3, but may take all 4. For lunch, 5 components are offered and you need to choose at least 3, but may take 4 or 5. The components are: fruit, grain, milk, meat/meat alternate, and vegetable. (Sometimes the grain and protein are combined. A hamburger for example, would count as 2 components.)  For both meals, a 1/2 cup of fruit and or a vegetable MUST be taken.  This is what we call a "reimbursable meal".  If a student does not select at least 3 of the food components, then the meal is not reimbursable and the student must pay according to a la carte pricing.
Pandemic ebt

Pandemic ebt

Resources for Families and Schools
Families that require assistance with P-EBT can call the P-EBT Helpline at 877-328-9677 (M-F, 8am to 6pm). The P-EBT Helpline can assist with PIN set-up, address changes, request for replacement cards, or general questions about eligibility and benefits.
 
For more information about P-EBT, eligible families may visit the P-EBT web page at https://ca.p-ebt.org/. Schools can also find P-EBT materials for partners, including fact sheets, frequently asked questions, and more.
 
For updated information about COVID-19 emergency feeding, please visit the CDE COVID-19 Guidance in the Child Nutrition Programs web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/cnpcovid19guidance.asp.
 
On July 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the California Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) state plan for summer 2021, known as Summer P-EBT. The state plan provides Summer P-EBT to school age and childcare age children. For Summer P-EBT, many students that received School Year (SY) 2020–21 P-EBT (known as P-EBT 2.0) will receive Summer P-EBT. In addition, children determined newly eligible for free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals during the summer may also receive Summer P-EBT.
 
Students Previously Issued P-EBT 2.0 Benefits
 
Students approved for P-EBT 2.0 benefits for SY 2020‒21, and who were still enrolled in May 2021, are eligible for Summer P-EBT. Children who exited school or graduated early, transferred to a school not participating in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) or National School Lunch Program (NSLP), or who transferred out of state, will not be issued Summer P-EBT benefits. School age students that were determined eligible for P-EBT 2.0 benefits and enrolled in an SBP/NSLP participating school site as of May 2021, do not need to apply for Summer P-EBT benefits.
 
Newly Eligible Students
 
Students enrolled as of May 2021, but who did not previously receive P-EBT 2.0 benefits and are determined newly eligible for F/RP meals from June 1, 2021, through August 15, 2021, may also receive Summer P-EBT benefits.
 
To ensure access to Summer P-EBT benefits, local educational agencies
(LEA) need to provide an opportunity for school age students to apply for F/RP school meals throughout the covered summer period (June 1, 2021, to August 15, 2021). School age students that may be newly eligible for Summer P-EBT may submit an F/RP meal application or alternative income information form to their school to be determined eligible for Summer P-EBT.
 
Summer P-EBT Childcare Age Eligibility
 
Young children (under six years old) who are getting CalFresh food benefits during the summer may also be eligible for Summer P-EBT benefits. This includes:
 
Young children issued P-EBT benefits in May 2021, and continue to get CalFresh food benefits at any point during the months of June, July, or August 2021.
Young children who get CalFresh food benefits for the first time at any point during the months of June, July, or August 2021.
 
Young children do not need to apply for Summer P-EBT. Eligibility is based on getting CalFresh food benefits between June and August 2021. As a result, LEAs do not need to provide opportunities for young children to apply for P-EBT or F/RP school meals.
 
The CDE’s Process to Determine Students Newly Eligible for Summer P-EBT
 
The CDE will use the following criteria, based on data in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS), to determine if school age children are newly eligible for Summer P-EBT:
 
·       Determined not previously eligible for P-EBT 2.0
·       Enrolled in a school participating in the SBP or NSLP in May 2021
·       Eligible based on:
o   An approved meal application or alternative income information form, received by the school between June 1, 2021, and August 15, 2021, and a F/RP meal record in CALPADS reflecting an eligibility start date in that time period; or
o   Direct Certification in CALPADS between June 1, 2021, and August 15, 2021; or
o  A homeless, migrant, or foster record in CALPADS with a start date between June 1, 2021, and August 15, 2021
Nutrition Staff

Nutrition Staff

Burchfield Primary School:
Betty Ann Coronado, Head Cook; Micheal Cox
Egling Middle School:
Lora Fusaro, Head Cook; Terri Caddick; Jessica Bedolla
Colusa High School:
Donna Mahorney, Head Cook; Lesha Duron; Jennifer Bacon
 
For questions regarding your students lunch account or any comments, suggestions, and concerns, please contact the Director of Student Nutrition:
Callie Barber
cbarber@colusa.k12.ca.us
530.458.7791 ext 4040
Office & Mailing Address:  745 10th Street, Colusa, CA. 95932
Resources and Assistance

Resources and Assistance

 
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
U.S. Department of Agriculture nondiscrimination statement for child nutrition program participants.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at the Filing a Program Discrimination Complaint as a USDA Customer pageExternal link opens in new window or tab., and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: 202-690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.