Beginning Wednesday, April 21st we will be transitioning to the distribution of Meal Boxes, which contain 7 days of breakfasts and lunches, in bulk, that can be picked up 1 day per week at the following locations:
- Lexington and Madison Elementary Schools on Wednesdays
- Naranca and Chase Elementary Schools on Fridays
Pick up times will continue to be from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. **Please note that it is possible for all meal boxes to be distributed prior to 1:00 pm**
Meals Boxes are free of charge and available to everyone 18 years and younger - no ID required.
Parents are welcome to pick up meal boxes from the most convenient school site. Limit 3 boxes per family.
All students in class will continue to be offered meals at no charge, every day, through the end of the school year.
We feed kids. We support our students, communities and educational environments by offering a variety of healthy menu options every day. To help maintain a high participation rate in our program, we involve our stakeholders in the development of our feeding program. We practice sound fiscal management, as well as, proven food safety programs.
We are moms, dads and community members personally invested in the success of our schools. We are a team of 160 people that are committed to taking great care of our kids, our community and each other. Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
The Child Nutrition team serves approximately 20,000 plus meals and snacks per day at approximately 40 schools and preschool sites throughout the greater Cajon Valley area. We have 16 sites participating in CEP (Community Eligiblility Provision), Universal Feeding, for the 2020-2021 school year. We had a Summer Feeding program at 16 school sites for the summer of 2020.
Through the support of the community, we are lucky to have a state-of-the-art central kitchen and fully-operational kitchens at all of our middle schools.
MEAL CHARGING POLICY
The purpose of this policy is to establish consistent meal charging and collection procedures for our community, parents, students and our Child Nutrition school site staff. Through the implementation of this policy, the Child Nutrition program can continue its mission of a healthy variety of meals for all students and operating in a self-sufficient manner, wholly separate from the district's general fund.
The goals of these procedures are:
- To maintain a positive experience for our students during meal service
- To treat all students with dignity and respect
- To establish practices which are age-appropriate
- To minimize meal charges and encourage parents to pre-pay for all meals
- To promote parents' responsibility for meal payments and self-responsibility for students
The Board of Education acknowledges that on occasion, students lose or forget meal money. In such cases, students will be fed.
When a student repeatedly comes to school without a meal or money for a meal, administrators evaluate each circumstance individually, and decide if further action is necessary, i.e., send home a meal application or contacting social services.
Our pre-paid meal system, MyPaymentsPlus, can be accessed through our district homepage or at: https://www2.mypaymentsplus.com/ The online, prepaid system allows your child access to all of our offerings and is easy for parents to use.
Repayment for meal charges - every effort will be made to collect unpaid meal charges. When a student has $10.00 of meal charges, a letter will be sent to the household from the Child Nutrition central office. At $15.00, administrators will be notified and a formal letter will be sent to the household from the district. Progressive notification will continue as long as there is outstanding debt - this could also include submitting information to a debt collection agency.
At the end of the school year, the amount of uncollected meal debt must be paid to the child nutrition meal fund account from a district funding source. These monies typically come from the general fund. Our hope is that through establishment and application of this policy, no meal debts will go unpaid and all general fund monies will go toward our students' educational experience.
Mark Mendoza - Director, Child Nutrition Services
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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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
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The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19853(b) requires local educational agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Program (NSLP) to annually notify households about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.
The EITC is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. In order to qualify for the EITC, households must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if taxes are not owed or households are not required to file. The EITC reduces the amount of tax households owe and may allow for a refund.
Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication
Based 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 website 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 website at www.ftb.ca.gov.
Cajon Valley Union School District
225 Roanoke Road
El Cajon, CA 92020
P.O. Box 1007
El Cajon, CA 92022-1007
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Administrative Assistant I
Child Nutrition Supervisor - Production
Child Nutrition Supervisor - Sites
Office Assistant II
Office Assistant I