Welcome

  • Child Nutrition Staff

    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.

    Department Statistics

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    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 17 sites participating in CEP (Community Eligiblility Provision), Universal Feeding, for the 2018-2019 school year. We had a Summer Feeding program at 8 school and community sites for the summer of 2018.

    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

    Child Nutrition Staff making sandwiches

    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 $5.00 of meal charges, a note from the school will go home with the student, informing the parents of outstanding charges. At $10.00, 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.

    Thank you,

    Mark Mendoza - Director, Child Nutrition Services

    NON-DISCRIMATION STATEMENT

    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

    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.

Summer Feeding Information

Contact Us

  • Child Nutrition 
    Cajon Valley Union School District
    225 Roanoke Road
    El Cajon, CA 92020

    Mailing Address

    P.O. Box 1007
    El Cajon, CA  92022-1007

    Phone: 619.588.3111
    Fax: 619.588.3668

    Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Central Kitchen

    Phone: 619.588.3113
    Fax: 619.588.3038

    Mark Mendoza
    Director
    619.588.3111 

    Stacy Hensle
    Administrative Assistant I
    619.588.3111

    Jennifer Tate
    Child Nutrition Supervisor
    619.441.6189

    Kara Fisher
    Child Nutrition Supervisor
    619.593-5220

    Holly Sage
    Accountant
    619.590.5824

    Cindy Gregory
    Assistant Buyer
    619.588.3664

    Kellie Lauhon Pilchen
    Office Assistant I
    619.588.3112

    Ingrid Lopez
    Office Assistant I
    619.588.3113

    Roger McKinsey
    Storekeeper II
    619.588.3026

    Brad Cuichta
    Storekeeper I
    619.588.3026