• CHILD NUTRITION NOTICES

     

    October 22, 2020

    IMPORTANT STUDENT NUTRITION UPDATE: FREE SCHOOL MEALS FOR ALL OPUSD FAMILIES

    Dear Parent/Guardian/Staff:

    OPUSD is pleased to announce that the CDE has approved our application to operate the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) program during the 2020-21 school year. This means that for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year, our cafeterias will be offering meals free of charge to EVERY child under the age of 18 who is associated with OPUSD in one of the following ways:

    1. Currently enrolled as a student at an OPUSD school;
    2. The sibling of a currently enrolled OPUSD student; or
    3. The child of a current OPUSD staff member


    During distance learning, we are offering a school week’s worth of breakfast and lunch meals for parent pick-up once a week on Mondays (or Tuesdays if Monday is a school holiday) by drive through only. When students return to campus, nutrition and lunch meals will continue to be provided for free in the cafeterias.

    We are required by the USDA to ensure that these meals are only provided to children under the age of 18 and that only one set of meals is provided per student per day. Additionally, as our cafeterias are continuing to scratch-cook our meals during this time, we are requesting a pre-order form to be submitted for EACH pick-up date. This will help us to prepare meals for every child who needs them.

    Please note that this is an opt-in only program. To be added to the mailing list to receive a pre-order form each week, please email mealaccounts@opusd.org.

    For more information about meals during distance learning, please see OPUSD School Meals at Home - UPDATED.

     

    5/21/20

    UPDATE RE: APPLICATION FOR PANDEMIC EBT BENEFITS

    Dear Parents/Guardians: 
     
    This is a follow-up email regarding Pandemic EBT or P-EBT issued by the state of California.
     
    If you do not receive a P-EBT card in the mail by tomorrow, May 22, 2020, OR if your children were eligible for free or reduced-price meals at an Oak Park school during the 2019-20 school year but do not receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits, you will need to apply for P-EBT benefits. You may apply online at https://ca.p-ebt.org/ starting tomorrow, May 22, 2020. 

    Families can receive up to $365 per eligible child.

    For more details about P-EBT benefits, please read the attached reference guide provided by the California Department of Education and California Department of Social Services. If you have any questions, please call California’s EBT customer service center at (877) 328-9677, which is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.  

    I am available to answer general questions about P-EBT. However, please note that P-EBT benefits are issued by the state and handled by the state. Schools and school cafeterias do not have information about your specific P-EBT benefits.

    P-EBT Quick Reference Guide

    Online Application for P-EBT Benefits

     

    5/1/20

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PANDEMIC EBT BENEFITS

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    With schools closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency, children who were eligible for free or reduced-price meals while in school will now receive additional food benefits from the state of California, called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits are one-time benefits provided to specific families in California to purchase food at grocery stores, farmers markets, and now online from two food retailers, Amazon and Walmart.,
     
    If your children currently receive CalFreshMedi-Cal or Foster Care benefits, you DO NOT need to apply for P-EBT benefits. The state of California already has your household information and will automatically send your P-EBT cards to your mailing address this month. Cards will be issued in the name of the eligible child. If you have more than one eligible child, you will either receive a separate card for each child in the family OR one family card issued to the oldest child. Your P-EBT card(s) should arrive between May 12, 2020 and May 22, 2020. However, if you applied for CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits after the schools closed, you will receive your P-EBT card in the mail between May 22, 2020 and June 30, 2020. 
     
    Families will receive up to $365 per eligible child. If your children were already eligible for CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits before the schools closed, you will receive the full amount of $365 per eligible child. If your children did not become eligible for CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits for the first time until after schools closed, you will receive a slightly prorated amount. Please see page 2 of the attached information sheet for more details.
     
    (If you do not receive a P-EBT card by May 22, 2020 OR if your children were eligible for free or reduced-price meals at an Oak Park school during the 2019-20 school year but do not receive CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits, you will need to apply for P-EBT benefitsThe state will launch an online P-EBT application on or after May 22, 2020. We will send an email with a link to the application as soon as we receive the information from the state.)
     
    IMPORTANT: P-EBT cards cannot be used until they are activated. Please follow the directions that will be mailed with the card to activate your benefits. If you decide that they do not want to use the benefits, you do not have to activate the card and can simply shred it.
     
    For more details about P-EBT benefits, please read the attached information sheet created by the California Department of Education and California Department of Social Services. If you have any questions, please call California’s EBT customer service center at (877) 328-9677, which is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
     
    I am also available to answer general questions about P-EBT. However, please note that P-EBT benefits are issued by the state and handled by the state. Schools and school cafeterias do not have information about your specific P-EBT benefits.
     

     

    3/26/20

    UPDATE RE: FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS DURING TEMPORARY SCHOOL CLOSURES

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    Please note that the following changes have been made to specific meal service sites:
     
    All eight meal distribution sites in the Conejo Valley Unified School District now provide a breakfast meal in addition to a lunch meal per student per day. Students are still expected to be present in the vehicle in order for parents/guardians to pick up meals.
     
    Las Virgenes Unified School District will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch meals at Arthur E. Wright Middle School until their schools reopen. Families can pick up 2 days' worth of meals for their children.
     
    Beginning Monday, March 30th, Oxnard School District will be adding a fourth meal distribution site at Fremont Middle School located at 1130 North M Street, Oxnard, CA 93030. Also beginning March 30th, Oxnard SD will be modifying the format of their meals at all four sites. Instead of two ready-to-eat meals per child per pick-up, parents can now pick up one week's worth of breakfast and lunch meals per child. Each bag will include 5 breakfast and 5 lunch meals; all entrees will come in frozen form and printed instructions on how to reheat them will be included in the bag. Please note that pick-up times will be changed to 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Supplies are limited, and all meals will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Parents and guardians will now be allowed to pick up meals on behalf of their children. There is a limit of 5 bags per family per week. 
     
    Los Angeles Unified School District added 4 more Grab & Go Food Centers. 
     
    Currently, there are no reported changes to protocol or offerings at the meal distribution sites located within Moorpark Unified School DistrictSimi Valley Unified School District, and Oxnard Union High School District

     

    3/18/20 

    FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS DURING TEMPORARY SCHOOL CLOSURES
     
    Dear Parents/Guardians:
     
    We understand that this is a time of significant uncertainty for you and your loved ones. We have been working with neighboring school districts in Ventura and Los Angeles counties to determine how best to continue to offer meals to our students during this period of temporary school closures. Given the dispersed nature of our student body and considering the greater number of resources available to larger school districts to run their food service operations, we are referring our students to the following sites for grab and go meals offered free of charge to all children under age 18 regardless of their school district of enrollment. Meals may be picked up Monday through Friday from now through May 1st or until schools open. Please be informed that meals may NOT be eaten onsite and must be taken home to be consumed. Until further notice from the USDA, children MUST be present to pick up meals; parents may not pick up meals on behalf of students.
     
    We will be checking in periodically with these school districts for any changes to their meal services. You may also click on the links to the school districts' websites for updated information.

    Conejo Valley Unified School District is offering sack lunches out of their school kitchen vans at 8 sites. 
     
    The following sites open from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm:
     
     
    The following sites open from 12:30 pm to 1:15 pm:
     
     
    Las Virgenes Unified School District will be offering breakfast and lunch at Arthur E. Wright Middle School located at 4029 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
     
    Los Angeles Unified School District is partnering with the Red Cross to operate 60 Grab & Go Food Centers between the hours of 7:00 am to 10:00 am. Each student will be provided with 2 meals per day. Listed below are 4 sites in the West San Fernando Valley vicinity. For more information and to search for additional meal sites, please visit LAUSD's dedicated website
     
     
    Simi Valley Unified School District will be serving breakfast and lunch via drive-thru between 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the following 2 sites.
     
     
    Moorpark Unified School District is serving at Flory Academy located at 240 Flory Ave, Moorpark, CA 93021 with breakfast available from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and lunch available from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
     
    Oxnard School District is serving meals at 3 sites between the hours of 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Each student may pick up one meal bag, which includes one lunch and one breakfast.
     

    Oxnard Union High School District will be serving bagged meals between 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the following sites:

     

    12/13/19

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    Please see the following notifications from the California Department of Education (CDE)

    Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act

    Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov.

    You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website at www.ftb.ca.gov.

    School Breakfast Program

    As participants in the USDA's School Breakfast Program, OPUSD serves breakfast every school day during the Nutrition period in our cafeterias at Brookside Elementary, Oak Hills Elementary, Red Oak Elementary, Medea Creek Middle School, and Oak Park High School. OPUSD takes it a step further with scratch-cooked breakfast meals that feature a whole grain-based entrée, a side of fruit, and a choice of milk for $3 per meal. For students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals, breakfast is always free of charge.

    You may apply for free and reduced-price meals at any time during the school year. For more information, please visit the Student Nutrition page.

     

    12/28/18

    CDE Mandatory Notifications

    Dear Parent/Guardian:

    Please see the following notifications from the California Department of Education (CDE)

    Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act

    Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov.

    You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website at www.ftb.ca.gov. 

    School Breakfast Program 

    As participants in the USDA's School Breakfast Program, OPUSD serves breakfast every school day during the Nutrition period in our cafeterias at Brookside Elementary, Oak Hills Elementary, Red Oak Elementary, Medea Creek Middle School, and Oak Park High School. OPUSD takes it a step further with scratch-cooked breakfast meals that feature a whole grain-based entrée, a side of fruit, and a choice of milk for $3 per meal. For students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals, breakfast is always free of charge.

    You may apply for free and reduced-price meals at any time during the school year. For more information, please visit the Student Nutrition page.