• Nutrition Services

  • September 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 9/1/2022
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  • Breakfast Is Served

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 9/1/2022

    Did you know that breakfast is served at all SUSD schools, all year long? That’s right. Team Awesome serves nutritious and delicious breakfasts that include whole-grain entrées, lean proteins, fresh fruit and vegetables, 100% juice and low-fat white milk. Eating breakfast at school has many benefits, not only for your student, but for you as a parent or guardian, as well!milk, juice, apple, breakfast bar  

    • Students who eat breakfast at school ‒ closer to class and test-taking time ‒ perform better on standardized tests than those who skip breakfast or eat breakfast at home. (Food Research and Action Center, or FRAC)
    • There’s one less thing to do before heading to school!
    • Eating together fosters community within the classroom.
    • Students who participate in the school breakfast program exhibit decreased behavioral and psychological issues and have lower rates of absenteeism and tardiness. (FRAC)

    Encourage your student to join us every morning for a free and nutritious breakfast at school!

    School breakfast is easy on the pocketbook, as well, with the following prices:

    • Elementary Breakfast - $1.50
    • Middle/High School Breakfast - $1.75
    • NO cost for all students approved for the Free or Reduced Meal Program

    The following schools also qualify for FREE breakfast for ALL students:Fruit  

    • Echo Canyon School – Free breakfast in the Cafeteria
    • Hohokam Elementary – Free breakfast from mobile Breakfast Cart
    • Tavan Elementary – Free breakfast from mobile Breakfast Cart
    • Yavapai Elementary - Free breakfast from mobile Breakfast Cart
    • Tonalea MS – Free breakfast from mobile Breakfast Cart
    • Coronado HS – Free breakfast in the Cafeteria

     

    Read more at The SUSD Source

     

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  • August 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 8/1/2022
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  • Apply Now!

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 8/1/2022

    A new school year is exciting for students and the staff who serve them!

    Nutrition Services However, Team Awesome asks for your grace as we begin greeting students on August 3rd.  Inflation, supply chain and labor shortages have hit our team hard. For the last two years, all meals have been served at no cost to the student, but that is no longer the case. Staff will be checking student IDs when they are ringing up meals, while also trying to help students and families understand that payment is now required unless they have been approved for free and reduced meals.

    Nutrition Services To be eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches, families must fill out and submit a NEW application for the 2022-2023 school year. SUSD will waive reduced breakfast and lunch co-pays for qualifying families, meaning breakfast and lunch will be provided at no charge to them.

    We are in great need of volunteers, as well as part-time and full-time employees in our 29 school cafeterias, to help us serve nutritious meals to students. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering or working alongside Team Awesome, we urge you to apply here and search ‘Nutrition.’ Your support of our Scottsdale students is much appreciated and we look forward to serving our families!

    Nutrition Services

    If we need the Volunteer link instead of the employment link, it is:

    https://scottsdale.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=14485

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  • July 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 7/1/2022
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  • The Overall Benefits of Free and Reduced-Price School Meals

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 7/1/2022

    School LunchYour child may be eligible.

    In these tough economic times, many families are finding that their finances tighter than ever. The school meal program may be able to help. The program is confidential, easy, and good for both your budget and your child’s school! 

    During the pandemic, schools were able to offer federally funded, free meals to all students. Unfortunately, Congress did not extend this funding for the coming school year.  That means that families that do not qualify for the free or reduced lunch program will once again have to pay for their students’ school lunches, starting August 3rd, the first day of school.

    To be eligible for free or reduced-priced lunches, families must fill out and submit a NEW application for the 2022-2023 school year.

    SUSD will waive the reduced breakfast and lunch co-pays for qualifying families, so breakfast and lunch will be at no charge.

    The benefits are significant.

    Families that qualify for free or reduced-price meals can save hundreds of dollars per child, when compared to buying full-price school meals or making meals at home. Students who qualify for reduced-price meals also receive breakfast for FREE.  Take a look:

    Price Comparison:

     

    Paid Meal

    Reduced Meal

    Free Meal

    Elementary Breakfast

    $1.50

    No Charge

    No Charge

    MS/HS Breakfast

    $1.75

    No Charge

    No Charge

     

     

    Paid Meal

    Reduced Meal

    Free Meal

    Elementary Lunch

    $2.85

    $0.40

    No Charge

    MS/HS Lunch

    $3.10

    $0.40

    No Charge

    There are other benefits, too. Students on this program may qualify for deep fee reductions for SUSD athletics, as well as district, City of Scottsdale and other after-school programs.

    Families with approved applications for free reduced meals in the 2021-2022 school year and those with applications approved this month ‒ the month of July 1, 2022 ‒ may also be eligible for Pandemic EBT funds through the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

    Last but not least, the school district receives federal reimbursement for the meals, and schools even receive additional federal school program funding based on how many students apply and qualify for free and reduced meals. By filling out a form and qualifying, you are helping both your family and your school!

    This is a confidential program.

    The only people who will know your child is receiving benefits are the Nutrition Services staff. Children receiving free or reduced meals are not identified to other students or adults.

    How does a family qualify?

    If your household income is at or below the federal guidelines, or if your family receives food stamps, TANF, or FDPIR, you qualify! Even if your situation is short-term, such as a temporary layoff, you can qualify for the program.

    How does a family apply?

    A new application (one per household) must be completed each school year to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Applications are available online, in your school office and at the Nutrition Services Office, 701 N. Miller Rd., Scottsdale.  It only takes a few minutes, and the savings to your family could be significant.

    If your income or family size changes at any time during the school year, you may apply or re-apply at that time.  You can even re-apply if you were already qualified for reduced-price meals and a change in your family’s situation makes you eligible for free meals.

    Federal income guidelines (pre-tax) for 2022-23

    Please review the Income Eligibility Guidelines here to see if your family might qualify and then APPLY TODAY!

    If you have any questions about the program or how to apply, please call SUSD Nutrition Services at 480-484-6234.


    This institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

     

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  • June 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 6/1/2022
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  • Team Awesome Wants YOU!

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 6/1/2022

    Can we give a shout out to Team Awesome?  What a year this has been, as this amazing team has powered through the challenges of staff shortages and supply chain issues, all while still serving nutritious meals to students with a SMILE!  

    If you are interested in being a part of Team Awesome, helping prepare healthy meals, we have both full- and part-time positions available for next school year.  Working with SUSD Nutrition Services affords you the unique opportunity to work after your child leaves for school in the morning and be home before they get home from school!

    To be qualified for one of our positions:

    • You will need a Maricopa County Food Service Worker Card, which is required by health code.
    • You will need a high school diploma or GED.
    • Physical mobility is a must. You don’t have to “keep up with the kids,” but you must be able to stand at your workstation or on the serving line and be able to lift 50 pounds.
    • Previous knowledge of commercial food services or even school food service is preferred, but not required.

    We offer on-going training opportunities in food preparation, food safety, school food service compliance, and more. To see what jobs are currently open, visit www.susd.org/Jobs and sort the list by job type (Nutrition Services).  Apply online today or pass it on to a friend who may be interested.  We’d love to have you join us.

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  • May 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/1/2022

    Apply for Free/Reduced-Price Meals Now

    Why should I apply for free or reduced-price meals now if meals are free for all students?

    Over the last two years, families across the country have become accustomed to their student receiving free meals at school through the USDA Pandemic Flexibilities Act; however, the USDA waivers expire on June 30. When we return to school on August 3, 2022, students will be charged based on their APPROVED meal category for each breakfast and lunch. The USDA allows a student’s APPROVED free or reduced-price eligibility to carry over from the previous school year, but only for the first 30 days of the new school year. This 30-day period provides coverage while parents complete and submit new meal applications for their students for the new school year. To ensure that all families that may qualify for assistance receive free or reduced-price meals to close out this school year and start the next, we recommend all families file an application now and then again for the 2022-2023 school year.

    Will I have to apply again for the 2022-2023 school year?

    Yes. Families are required to apply each school year for free or reduced-price lunches. Current school year approved meal application eligibility will carryover for the first 30 days of the new school year. 2022-2023 meal applications will be available through the online portal after July 1.

    How do I apply?

    Applying online is best. Go to https://family.titank12.com/?identifier=TUJAZ9 to complete an application for your students who attend a Scottsdale Unified School District school. Only one application per household is necessary. Paper applications are also available at each school, upon request.

    How will I be notified of my eligibility status?

    We process meal applications within 10 business days. All families are notified via email or mailed letter. You can also contact Nutrition Services at 480-484-6234 if you have any questions.

    Important Application Recommendation:

    As mentioned, Congress did not include language or funding to support the extension of the USDA waivers that we've been operating under since the onset of the pandemic. This will bring about many changes to how we operate, beginning on July 1. The biggest transition will be going back to charging students for meals. We recommend applying for free or reduced-price lunches now, to provide that carryover coverage for the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year. Families will have to reapply next school year, as well. 

    Read more at The SUSD Source

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  • April 2022

    Posted by SUSD Communications on 4/1/2022

    Supply Chain Issues Create Last-Minute Menu Adjustments

    Customer service is the number one priority of Nutrition Services. We know how important a healthy, well-balanced meal is to the ability for a student to focus, learn and achieve. Unfortunately, a labor shortage and supply chain issues have made it increasingly more difficult to deliver all menu items to all schools, often resulting in last-minute substitutions.

    Through it all, the SUSD Nutrition Services Team, “Team Awesome,” has remained flexible, dedicated, customer-focused and solutions-oriented to ensure healthy and appealing meals are served with a smile. While some menu changes are unavoidable, we are committed to serving meals that are as close to our intended menu options as possible and that continue to meet and exceed USDA nutrition standards.

    We appreciate everyone's understanding. You may not see it, but behind the scenes, there is a team of people who take great pride in supporting our learners. So much is being done to ensure that their needs are met, and our standards remain high.

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