Meals in Motion Update
NEW! 7 Days of Meals now available
Due to increasing rates of food insecurity across our state, Child Nutrition Services will begin providing meals for all seven days of the week. On Friday, November 6th, along with their regular “brunch bag” (bag that contains both breakfast and lunch), children will receive an additional “weekend bag” containing two additional breakfast and lunch meals at all Meals in Motion locations and bus routes.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the waiver for COVID-19 Emergency Feeding through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Meals will be free for all children, ages 0 thru 18.
- Children do not have to be students enrolled in the school district to participate.
- Households do not have to have previously qualified for free or reduced-price meals.
- Children do not need to be present to pick up meals.
PLEASE PROTECT OUR STAFF
Masks are required when picking up meals at ALL Meals in Motion locations (schools, bus stops and the Central Kitchen). We want to be able to continue to serve you. We ask that you help protect all staff on our Meals in Motion teams.
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
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Meals in Motion Locations
Child Nutrition Services is offering meals at 12 curbside school locations.
Meal service will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily on student school days. Students will receive lunch, and a breakfast for the following morning.
Meals can be picked up for your student at any of the 12 locations nearest you. We’re utilizing curbside pick-up to continue to maintain social distancing.
Households are encouraged to continue to apply for the Free and Reduced Price meal program online at emealapps.bethelsd.org. Paper applications can be obtained through Child Nutrition Services, your school, or the district office.
Fall 2020 Meals in Motion Locations
Meal Pick up Monday-Friday 11am-1pm
Clover Creek Elementary School (front of school)
16715 36th Ave. E., Tacoma, 98446
Cougar Mountain Middle School (front of school)
5108 260th St. E., Graham, 98338
Elk Plain School of Choice (front of school)
22015 22nd Ave. E., Spanaway, 98387
Graham-Kapowsin High School (front of school-gym entrance)
22100 108th Ave. E., Graham, 98338
Kapowsin Elementary School (front of school)
10412 264th St. E., Graham, 98338
Liberty Middle School (front of school-gym entrance)
7319 Eustis Hunt Rd. E., Spanaway, 98387
North Star Elementary School (front of school)
7719 224th St. E., Graham, 98338
Roy Elementary School (front of school)
340 Peterson St. S., Roy, 98580
Shining Mountain Elementary School (front of school)
21615 38th Ave. E., Spanaway, 98387
Spanaway Elementary School (parent drop off, west side of school)
412 165th St. S., Spanaway, 98387
Spanaway Middle School (front of school-gym entrance)
15701 B St. E., Tacoma, 98445
Spanaway Lake High School (front of school)
1305 168th St. E., Spanaway, 98387
Q: Is there a set menu?
A: We have received multiple requests to have a posted menu. Due to the impact of COVID-19 on manufacturing and distribution (think toilet paper here) of menu items for school meals, we will not be posting a published menu. Menus that have been circulating on social media websites are unofficial and are for planning purposes only as there are no guarantees that we can procure planned items. Outages are happening frequently. To find out what’s for lunch the next day, just ask your MIM location when you pick up your meals.
Q: Why am I receiving so much milk?
A: We have received multiple concerns from parents who are not able to store and/or use all of the milk they are receiving each week. USDA allows us to use “offer vs. serve” to meet the milk requirement for the emergency feeding program. In response to our customer’s needs, beginning Friday, November 6th, all meals served will contain half of the milk (1 carton instead of two). If you would like the rest of your milk, just let staff at your pick-up location know. We will have it available at all curbside locations.
Q: Do we have to participate in weekend meals at the curbside and bus route locations?
A: No. Just let the staff at your Meals in Motion location know that you don't want the weekend meal bag on Friday when you come to pick up your meal(s). If you are on the bus route, and don't want the weekend meals, email Debbi Sherer so she can adjust the meal count(s) for your family.Q: What if my student has a special dietary need?
A: If your student already has a diet prescription on file, please contact Iva Nelson, Child Nutrition Applications Clerk, at email@example.com. She will locate your student's diet prescription and route it to the appropriate MiM service location or assist you with how to complete this process.
Q: What days are meals being served?
A: Child Nutrition Services will be providing meals on all scheduled school days (full, half, and early dismissal days) according to the posted district calendar.
7-Day Meal Boxes
Reaching families to meet their various needs due to the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic is very important to us. Parents who are working and can’t make it to pick up meals during the day, and whose children are not able to pick up meals daily from a bus stop, can sign up for our 7-Day Meal Boxes.
These meal boxes are limited and are meant for families who really need them. Pre-registration is required each week to participate.
Families who choose to participate in the 7-Day Meal Box program, must agree NOT to participate in the daily curbside or bus route meal program the same week they receive the meal box per the USDA.
7-Day Meal Box pick up will occur at Bethel’s Central Kitchen (5625 192nd St. E., Puyallup, WA 98375)
● Only pre-registered families can pick up 7-Day Meal Boxes
● Meal pick up time is from 4-6 p.m.
● Look for signs directing you to pick-up area behind the central kitchen
● Pop open your trunk
7-Day Meal Boxes contain:
● A box of frozen entrees and a box of refrigerated and shelf-stable items
● Menu with preparation instructions
● All 14 meals in at once for each child
As you decide which option is best for your family, please consider the following and make your decision accordingly: