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Due to Air Quality Issues and During Distance Learning, EGUSD Will Condense Service Days, Increases Service Windows and Still Be Able to Provide Enough Meals to Families for the Week

Update as of September 3, 2020:

Following recent changes from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is expanding access to free meals to all children 18 years and younger, regardless of school enrollment. Beginning with meal service on Friday, September 4, 2020, meals will be provided to all children that participate in the curb-side or mobile meal service at no cost. This will remain in effect during Distance Learning.

Children do not need to be present as long as parents/guardians have received the proper validation. Validation received since the start of the 20-21 school year will continue to be honored. To receive a validation form, parents/guardians must either bring the child on the initial visit or provide documentation of said child (i.e. school record or childcare documentation). Proof must include the child’s name.

The current curbside meal service schedule remains the same:

These changes do not impact the meal services offered at Cosumnes River ES (on Tuesdays), Pleasant Grove ES (on Wednesdays) or C.W. Dillard ES (on Thursdays) for all students.


Original Press Release:

ELK GROVE, Calif. – August 25, 2020 – The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) Food and Nutrition Services will transition to a new food and nutrition service model effective tomorrow, August 26th, due to current air quality conditions and to better accommodate families during distance learning. These changes do not impact the meal services offered at Cosumnes River Elementary, Pleasant Grove Elementary or C.W. Dillard Elementary.

On Wednesday (8/26), during the 6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. meal service, families will receive all breakfast and lunch meals for the following days: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday.

Starting on Monday, August 31st, the meal service will be as follows:

  • Monday (8/31) – Families will receive breakfast and lunch for Monday during the 6:45 a.m. – 8 a.m. meal service.
  • Tuesday (9/1) – Families will receive meals for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the 6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. meal service.
  • Friday (9/4) – Families will receive breakfast and lunch for Friday during the 6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. meal service.
  • For the week initiating on Monday, September 7th (Labor Day Holiday), there will be no meal service on that Monday. Meal service will recommence on Tuesday, September 8th.

From September 8th onward, EGUSD Food & Nutrition Services will provide the following new Curb-Side Meal service:

  • Two (2) pick up days a week, Tuesdays and Fridays
    • Tuesdays, families will receive breakfast and lunch for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
    • Fridays, families will receive meals for Friday and Monday
  • Two (2) service windows where families will be able to pick up meals
    • Early Service Window: 6:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
    • Midday Service Window: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Families can pick up meals at their school of preference, from any of the following sites listed, but are only eligible to pick up meals at one location, during one service window. All EGUSD families are eligible to participate. Children eligible for free or reduced-price meals will be able to pick up meals at no cost. Paid eligible families can pick up meals for $1.75 for breakfast meal and $2.75 for lunch. Children enrolled at schools where all children eat for free will continue to receive meals at no charge.

Students do not need to be present for families to pick-up meals. However, families must provide proof of the child’s enrollment during the initial meal pick-up. Proof of enrollment must include the student(s) name and/or student ID(s). Acceptable forms of proof of enrollment include a student identification card or number, report card, class schedule, ParentVUE student information and/or enrollment documents. Families will then receive a validation form that lists all children eligible for meals through the curb-side meal program that may be used for all future meal pick-ups once the student(s) is validated. Due to federal requirements, meals will only be available to school-aged children, enrolled at an EGUSD school. Children not enrolled in school will not be eligible for meals. Pending an updated joint announcement from the Sacramento County Office of Education and Department of Public Health, families will be notified of meal service adjustments once campuses reopen.

Additionally, the Back-to-School Curb-Side Meal Service also requires the Department of Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) to account for a child’s meal based on their eligibility status in the Free and Reduced-price Meal Program. Children who qualify for free or reduced meals will receive meals at no-cost. Families must have a new application on file to qualify for free and reduced-price meals each new school year. Families may submit an application on-line at or by completing a paper application and returning it to the Department of FNS (in-person or by mail) or to any school site listed below. EGUSD mailed paper applications to all families in July 2020. Families will receive notification by mail of eligibility of the Free or Reduced-price Meal Program for the school year.

Children not eligible for the Free or Reduced-price Meal Program are welcome to purchase breakfast meals for $1.75 and lunch meals for $2.75 and families may create an online account for their student at MySchoolBucks.

Please review these Guidelines during Meal Pick-up and when Heating Frozen Foods.

This program will be solely for the pick up of meals and meals will not be consumed on site. Families are encouraged to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continue to wash their hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue and stay home if they are sick.


About the Elk Grove Unified School District

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.

For more information about the Elk Grove Unified School District, please visit and follow us @ElkGroveUnified on FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn and Eventbrite.

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