Escalon Unified School District’s Food Service Department has some good news for local families.
For school year 2021-22, the Escalon Unified School District has opted to participate in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the National School Lunch Program. This means that all students enrolled in Escalon Unified schools will receive breakfast and lunch free of charge, said Food Service Director Shelli Nicholas.
However, she added, it remains critical that parents or guardians complete and submit the Alternate Income Form found in their student’s first day packets or you can fill out the form online. The Alternate Income Form may help to determine eligibility for other programs, like the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), discounted technology and Wi-Fi programs, and more. This form can be accessed online at: https://escalonusd.rocketscanapps.com/default.aspx.
Children receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) or Medicaid (HUSKY A) benefits may be directly certified and automatically eligible for free meals without applying for benefits. Questions regarding SNAP/TFA/Medicaid and direct certification should be directed to Nicholas, who is the determining official, at 209-838-3170.
If you have received a Notice Of Direct Certification for free or reduced-price meals, you are not required to complete the Alternate Income Form unless instructed to do so by the district. Let the school know if any children in your household are not listed on the Notice of Direct Certification letter you received, since free or meal benefits are extended to all children in a household when directly certified.
Additionally, all school-aged, can receive school meal benefits regardless of a student’s immigration status and the district/school does not release information for immigration-related purposes in the usual course of operating the Child Nutrition Programs.
Nicholas said being able to offer the breakfast and lunches to all students in the district should be beneficial to many families and is a continuation of an effort from the previous school year.
“Our program for the 2020-2021 school year allowed us to feed all our students at no cost and participation was similar to previous years. We also continued our curbside pickup at El Portal and Dent for students who were distance learners,” Nicholas explained. “The 2021-2022 school year feels like a new start for us. We will be cooking on campus for the first time since March 2020. The food service staff looks forward to providing meals on campus for our students. Breakfast will be served before school starts and each school campus will serve lunch on site. We feel grateful to provide for our community and as always we look forward to seeing the students on campus.”
The Escalon Unified School District complies with the federal requirements for meal modifications for students with special dietary needs. The requirements for meal modifications are different for students with and without disabilities. For more information, contact Nicholas at 209-838-3170. Escalon Unified School District and the USDA are equal opportunity providers and employers.