Special Meals Accommodation Forms

If your child requires a special diet provided by the school cafeteria for medical reasons, please complete the Special Meal Accommodation Form and have it signed by a doctor. 

To request a milk substitution due to a medical or other special dietary need, a parent or guardian can complete the “parental request for a fluid milk substitution for school-age children” form.  

Completed forms can be sent to Child Nutrition Services by emailing: [email protected]

Fax: 760-724-5605

Mail: VUSD Child Nutrition Services 4680 North Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92056

Questions?  Please email or call us at 760-726-2170 x92404

Special Meal Accommodation Form
Special Meals Accommodation Form – Español
Parental Request for Fluid Milk Substitution
Parental Request for Milk Substitution – Español

P-EBT Information

Games For Kids & Families

Here are a few downloadable PDF games that you can play as a family to get your kids thinking about their food choices.

GroceryStoreBingo
Kids_Food_Critic
MyPlate_Menu_Activity
MyPlate_ColoringSheet

Harvest Of The Month Resources

Harvest of the Month Information and Classroom Newsletter

Harvest Of The Month Classroom Flyer 2022-23
Harvest Of The Month Official Website
Harvest of the Month Information
Tasting Trio Teacher Cookbook From Harvest Of The Month

2022-2023 Harvest Of The Month Featured Items*

September 2022: Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomatoes: Classroom Newsletter
Tomatoes: Family Newsletter (English)
Tomatoes: Family Newsletter (Español)

October 2022: Romanesco Broccoli

Resources Coming

November 2022: Persimmons

Persimmons: Classroom Newsletter
Persimmons: Family Newsletter (English)
Persimmons: Family Newsletter (Español)

December 2022: Apples

Apples: Classroom Newsletter
Apples: Family Newsletter (English)
Apples: Family Newsletter (Español)

January 2023: Grapes

Grapes: Classroom Newsletter
Grapes: Family Newsletter (English)
Grapes: Family Newsletter (Español)

February 2023: Kiwi

Kiwi: Classroom Newsletter
Kiwi: Family Newsletter (English)
Kiwi: Family Newsletter (Español)

March 2023: Blueberries

Blueberries: Classroom Newsletter
Blueberries: Family Newsletter (English)
Blueberries: Family Newsletter (Español)

April 2023: Snap Peas

Snap Peas: Classroom Newsletter
Snap Peas: Family Newsletter (English)
Snap Peas: Family Newsletter (Español)

May 2023: Grapefruit

Grapefruit: Classroom Newsletter
Grapefruit: Family Newsletter (English)
Grapefruit: Family Newsletter (Español)

* Items subject to change based on availability from our farmer suppliers

Cooking Cart:
Bring this mobile kitchen into your classroom and teach your students how to prepare fresh, healthy, and delicious meals.  WaveCrest Cafe will deliver the cart and the ingredients for one of the recipes in our manual to your site to get your kids cooking!

Reserve the cart today by contacting Scarlett Smith at [email protected]

Cooking Cart Book

Plan a campus-wide wellness event at your site or a whole week devoted to healthy habits.

Prevent Food Waste

Here’s a helpful guide for ways to reduce food waste that can be used in the classroom, by families and students: PreventFoodWaste

Aquaponics

Refund Request Form

Should you need to request a refund of meal account funds, please download and fill out the form and mail or hand deliver to our office. The address is included on the form.

Request For Refund, Transfer, or Donation

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) FAQs

CEP FAQs


What does CEP stand for?
CEP stands for Community Eligibility Provision.

What is CEP?
Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP, is a USDA program that allows low-income schools to offer meals to all students at no cost and without requiring applications from families. CEP schools are reimbursed for meals based on the percentage of students eligible for free meals due to participating in certain programs, such as SNAP and TANF.  

Who pays for Community Eligibility Provision?
The USDA reimburses CEP schools for all school meals during the 4-year period.

How do schools qualify for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)?
Schools qualify for CEP based on the school’s identified student percentage (ISP). An ISP is determined by calculating the number of students who are directly certified to receive free meals on the basis of their receipt of CalFresh, California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Medi-Cal benefits, and the extension of those benefits to students within the same household. The calculation also includes students who are certified as homeless, migrant, runaway, foster, and income-eligible for Head Start. CEP schools can provide the program for up to 4-years before needing to re-apply.

What meals are offered at no cost at CEP schools?
Both breakfast and lunch are offered at no charge to every student at CEP-qualified schools. We encourage every student to take advantage of these meals and ensure that they are fueled for learning and growing every day.

If I have a child at a CEP school and another child at a non-CEP school, do I need to fill out a Free & Reduced Price Meals application for the student at the non-CEP school?
Yes. Any child at a non-CEP school whose family may qualify for free or reduced price meals must still apply. You can find a form at any Vista Unified school, or fill out the application online by clicking here.

Remember to list all people in the household, even students attending CEP schools.

A chart with guidelines for qualifying for free and reduced price meals is also included here.

Do students at CEP schools still need to enter numbers or use the finger reader since everyone eats for free?
Yes. This allows for accountability in case a student has any allergies. It also helps us to accurately track the number of meals served.

Will middle schools still sell snacks?
Middle schools can still sell snacks. The schools will not, however, allow students to charge snacks. They will either need to have money in their account or pay for the snacks at the time of service.

Do teachers at CEP schools get to eat for free?
No, the CEP program only covers students. Teachers and other staff will need to pay the adult meal price.

COVID-19

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