Food and Nutrition Services
Welcome to Food and Nutrition Services for EPISD!
Healthful food is vital for high-energy, growing kids. Food and
Nutrition Services is proud to offer delicious meals that provide the
essential nutrition that students need in order to be ready to learn.
Our menus are constantly evolving. Our department has already
incorporated the changes required by the new federal guidelines but we
are looking forward to the changes and how we can better meet the needs
of our students.
To provide nutrition education and healthy food to fuel successful learning.
Our Core Values
- Service Excellence
- Integrity and Honesty
- Embrace Growth and Learning
- Build a Positive Team
- Be Friendly and Fun
Click here to review the school meal flyer
Meal Benefits and Meal Applications
We are pleased to announce that we will be implementing a new option
available to select schools in El Paso ISD that participate in the
National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. It is called the
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and will begin in school year
2014-15. ( CEP schools for 14-15 School Years )
What does CEP mean for my student(s) who attend El Paso ISD schools?
Fifty-Six Campuses will be on the new CEP program . In a CEP school,
all students receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost,
regardless of family income. Families will not need to fill out an
application for school meals if all of their students are attending the
CEP campuses. Meals will be available from the first day of school for
breakfast and lunch at no cost to students.
What if my child changes schools within the district?
Your child is eligible for free meals at the school where he/she is
currently enrolled. If he/she eats meals at or transfer to a non-CEP
school during the 2014-15 school year, you may be responsible for meal
charges. If a student transfers to a non CEP site, they will need to
fill out an application for Free or Reduced priced meals.
Who needs to complete a meal application?
Campuses that require application, will have them available in the
office, cafeteria, or can be completed online. Before you begin the
online application process, please make sure you have your student's ID
information from the school, your social security numbers, and/or SNAP
number. Please only complete one application per household either using
the paper version or the online version. The online application can be
accessed from the campus website, the link it is located on the right
hand side of the webpage.
Important: A new application must be completed each
school year at schools not participating in CEP. Meal benefits begin on
the day the application is processed by Food and Nutrition Services and
continue throughout the school year in which the application is
approved and for the first thirty days of the next school year. The
approval process can take approximately 5–10 business days. Parents are
asked to provide your child with lunch money or a lunch from home until
you have received verification of your meal benefits.
District of Excellence
El Paso ISD′s Food and Nutrition Services recognized as a District of Excellence
in March 2010!
A district receiving the District of Excellence Distinction in School Nutrition has
completed the Keys to Excellence “Keys Express” online self-assessment in each
of the four “key” areas. Then the district has completed and submitted a
District of Excellence Distinction in School Nutrition application to the School Nutrition
Foundation to demonstrate that the district operations truly meet best practice standards.
Each school year, all District of Excellence Distinction recipients are also eligible to
apply for the District of the Year Award. Please join your student in the school
cafeteria to see the great things going on in school meals in El Paso ISD!
Once enrolled in El Paso ISD, every student has an account with our
department. It is their student ID number. The number stays with them
the entire time they are in the school district. It is used in the
cafeteria, the library and for the bus. Please help your student learn
their number to improve the speed of service for all children. Your
student can use their account on the first day of school.
As a program, your student nutritional status is our top concern.
Our menus are planned by a committee of Registered Dietitians with
feedback from students, teachers and students. We encourage any
feedback you have about the menu. Please contact the area dietitian
for your school with feedback.
We plan menus with whole grains, fruits and vegetables offered daily.
Our menus provide foods from each of the food groups at specific
portion sizes to meet the nutritional needs of our students. We do not
fry any foods in the school kitchen We do offer baked potato wedges or
products that have been prepared at a factory to limit the fat content.
We pay special attention to our recipes and products to make them with
whole grains and to reduce the fat and sodium content. The cafeteria is
involved in the many health programs offered by schools. Our cafeteria
manager does nutrition education throughout the school year. Our foods
are prepared meet the nutritional needs and appeal to kids and parents!
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employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age,
disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where
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