The Fresno Unified School District will again offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students regardless of income levels, a policy change in 2014 that is reducing burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that all students receive nutritious meals. The practice supports the district’s efforts to eliminate all barriers to student learning, and helps ensure students are not hungry at school while they are trying to learn.
The program is part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an option available to schools under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The CEP allows highpoverty schools to expand access to free school meals while reducing paperwork and streamlining meal service operation. Meal applications are no longer required.
“The goal of the Food Services Department is to provide nutritious, appetizing meals to help students do their best in school each day, and implementing the CEP helps us meet this goal,” said Food Services Director Jose Alvarado.
School Meals App
An app and interactive website are available for parents and guardians to easily view information on school menus for breakfast and lunch each day. The app features an image and description of food items, as well as nutrition and allergen information. The innovative and interactive web site and mobile app makes school menus more convenient and informative than ever before.
The app can be accessed by searching for “School Menus by Nutrislice” on Google Play or the App Store or visit fresnounified.nutrislice.com.
“This app makes it even easier to take advantage of the nutritious, free school meals that our district offers to all our students. We know that when are students are eating healthy foods, they are better prepared to learn,” said Superintendent Bob Nelson.
New Menu Items
This school year, the district is introducing several new menu items, including:
- Breakfast burrito with egg, potato, turkey sausage and cheese
- Mini blueberry pancakes
- Mini maple waffles
- Cool ranch chicken wrap
- Breaded fish sandwich
- Whole grain baked cheese sticks and ravioli bites with marinara
- Vegan chick’n nuggets
- Black bean veggie burger
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