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San Jacinto Unified students to get free breakfast and lunch, new menu items


Last updated 7/29/2018 at 2:47pm

San Jacinto Unified School District

San Jacinto Unified School District's 2018 Golden Fork Recipe Contest winners are pictured from left to right, Director Tammy White, Wyatt Goodwin (North Mountain Middle), Jorge Luna (Cope Elementary), Gregory Broder (Record Elementary), Izabella Gallardo (Cope Elementary), Aznill Jimenez (Park Hill Elementary), Lead Production Assistant Annieta Silva and Chef Angela Phalen.

San Jacinto Unified School District (SJUSD) announced that students attending any of their school sites will receive free breakfast and lunch for the next four years due to the approval of the district's application to the California Department of Education's Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program.

"All enrolled students can receive their school day meals at no cost," said Tammy White, SJUSD Nutrition Services Director. "The best part is that all students have the opportunity to experience our nutritious, healthy and delicious meals at school regardless of income."

The CEP program is a key provision of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which allows qualifying (low-income) districts and schools to serve all students free meals without the burden of collecting household meal applications, a labor-intensive process that most districts experience at the beginning of each school year.

"With streamlined paperwork and administrative requirements, our food service professionals have more time to focus on preparing nutritious meals that kids will enjoy, and gives our kids more time to eat those meals since lines will move quickly without the

exchanging of money," said Angela Phalen, Chef Coordinator at SJUSD's central kitchen.

San Jacinto Unified will now ask parents to fill out an Alternative Income Funding (AIF) form to ensure our schools receive the necessary resources to continue providing all students with the highest quality education available. Households will receive the form in the mail, which is now available on the district's website.

Also this year is the addition of new menu items, including a new house-made pepperoni pizza pinwheel, garlic and cheese biscuits, and the now famous Sunshine Scones from a recipe developed by Chef Coordinator Phalen and taste-tested by students at the end of last year.

"We hold an annual Golden Fork recipe contest with students, and we are adopting the winners' recipes for our lunch menu," White said. "Steak & Rocket Pesto Sauce Sandwich and a Taco Salad are two of the winning recipes which are sure to be hits at all school cafeterias this year."


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