Twin Rivers Unified School District announced today that they will provide free school breakfast and lunch to all students in the 2018/2019 school year.
TRUSD schools will be implementing a new provision available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
All enrolled students in the Twin Rivers district, regardless of income level, are eligible to receive a healthy school breakfast and school lunch at no charge each day.
No further action is required of you.
Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application.
According to TRUSD Deputy Superintendent Bill McGuire, This program will last for at least 4 years.
86% of the TRUSD students currently qualify for the National school lunch program.
The CEP is a new alternative to the traditional meal application process associated with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. CEP alleviates the burden on families by eliminating household applications, while helping schools reduce costs associated with collecting and processing those applications.
For more information about CEP, please visit USDA.gov/school-meals/communityeligibility-provision.
In addition, TRUSD has a new “Web Menus” mobile App.
This app includes:
- Interactive Nutritional Menus
- Daily menus
- Menu item nutrient information
- Menu item description
- Menu item photos
- Menu item allergens(coming soon!)
- PDF Documents
- Link to Nutrition Services website
- Info section “All About School Lunch”
This is just one more step we are making in an effort to continually improve the quality of the menus we offer our students and raise the bar on the standards of our school meals. Our focus is on enhancing the diet of students with more nutritious choices here at school and by providing nutrition education that will help students form healthy habits that last a lifetime!
Key nutritional improvements that we have made include offering a variety of more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free and low-fat fluid milk with our meals. We are also reducing the levels of sodium, saturated fat and have eliminated added trans fat. We do not supersize our meals, but instead strive to meet the nutrition needs of students within their age specific calorie requirements.
The School Nutrition & Fitness Mobile “Web Menu” App is available in the App Stores!
Photo credit: Twin Rivers Union School District