Welcome to Nutrition Services!
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Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand. The Nutrition Services Department at RUSD is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals who are dedicated to student health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Meals, food, and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet their health and dietary needs.
Free Breakfast for Elementary School Students on March 5!
National School Breakfast Week is March 3-7, 2014. We know that a healthy,nutritious breakfast helps keep kids focused, attentive and ready to learn. To celebrate this event, on Wednesday, March 5 every elementary student will receive a FREE "Grab n' Go" Breakfast at their regularly scheduled breakfast time.
Free/Reduced Meal Applications can be completed Online Anytime Throughout the School Year!
Families can apply for free/reduced cost meals for their students online. Many families qualify for this program. For income guidelines for 2013-2014 school year, click Here.
To find out more and complete the application, click Here!
Online Meal Payments are Now being Accepted Through PayPams.com
Nutrition Services will launch a new service for our school cafeterias for the benefit of parents and district administrators. Click on the picture above to sign in and start using this service for your children. PayPAMS (Parent Account Management System) is designed to provide parents with a safe and convenient way to prepay for student’s meals via the Internet. Parents can setup automatic payment plans, view balances and account history, and receive automated notification on balance status. Parents won’t have to worry about their kids having money for lunch with this program. They can deposit into it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need further assistance, click on HELP at www.paypams.com or contact Nutrition Services at (951) 352-6740.
RUSD was recognized by the California Endowment for being the leaders in developing healthier school meals and providing fresh fruits and vegetables.
“Our schools are officially out of the junk food business,” said Rodney Taylor, Director of Nutrition Services at Riverside Unified School District. “When I first started at Riverside Unified, our school meals program was facing a budget deficit. Ever since we introduced healthier, more nutritious meals, we back in black and making a profit. I think that’s a testament to how much our students enjoy eating our new, healthier meals.
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Healthy changes to School Lunches
RUSD students will enjoy more healthy choices this year. Following the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, RUSD has made every effort to ensure that breakfast and lunch include items that are healthy and fresh. This federal law aims to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity by providing healthier choices for school lunches. These include more whole grains, and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. If you want to learn more about our healthier meals, click on the quick link on the right side of the page to download a brochure. Parents also are encouraged to contact our Nutrition Services Department at 951-352-6740.
Innovation in Child Nutrition
The District has made tremendous gains in our Nutrition Services program over the past nine and one-half years. Moving from a basic, no frills program operating on a shoestring budget in an unstable financial environment, staff has been able to build a program that has been nationally and internationally recognized for its innovation and focus on student nutritional needs while building a strong financial base and facilitating an annual investment in service growth and improvement. Despite these highlights, the RUSD Nutrition Services program has tremendous needs that present hurdles to our ability to transform the program to the next generation.-
The Board of Education is in the process of holding a two-part Board Study Session to engage in a review on what the District has achieved (Part 1) and where we need to move to and how to get there (Part 2). Part 1 is of this presentation was provided on February 6. Part 2 will be at the February 21, 2012 Board Meeting.
Part 1 – A Decade of Positive Change – focuses on the familiar achievements we have made in the past ten years. Highlights include the Fresh Farm to School Salad Bar Program, menu and product changes, participation growth and a few financial and operational statistics.