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      • Meals in Motion Updates

        Meals will continue to be served for FREE to all students through the end of this school year.

        Curbside meal service will be discontinued as schools move from remote learning into hybrid learning schedules. On March 8th, all middle school Meals in Motion sites will close curbside service, and on March 22nd, the high school Meals in Motions sites will close. 

         

        Hybrid Meal Service

        Breakfast and lunch will be offered to all students on in-class days.

        1. On Mondays/Tuesdays, students will receive a breakfast and lunch at school and can take home a two-day brunch bag containing two additional breakfasts and lunches.
        2. On Thursdays/Fridays, students will receive breakfast and lunch at school and can take home a three-day brunch bag containing three additional breakfasts and lunches.

         

        Students enrolled at BVA or home school, who are continuing with remote learning, or families who have children that are not school age can sign up to get meals on our website through our 7-day meal box program. Pick up is every Monday from 4-6 p.m. at the Central Kitchen.

         

        Pandemic EBT (P-EBT 2.0) is Back!

        Students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the 2020-21 school year are eligible for Pandemic EBT benefits. Also, due to a USDA waiver, students who were eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the 2019-20 school year are also eligible to receive the next round of P-EBT benefits.  

        If your family’s financial situation has changed due to the pandemic and you have not previously qualified for the free or reduced-price meal program, you can apply for free or reduced-priced meals by clicking here.

        There is no application process for P-EBT, eligible families will be notified by late March. Each eligible student will receive a separate Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card in the following weeks.

        Because Bethel was operating remotely from September 2020 through January 2021, the first disbursement for all eligible Bethel students is $123.00 per month, equalling a total of $615.00 per eligible student. Additional disbursements will occur retroactively every two months based on the learning model at the school where your student is enrolled.

        Future benefits will automatically be loaded on the existing benefit cards, so be sure to keep your card.

        The EBT cards will be mailed to the address Bethel has on file for your student so it is extremely important your student’s address is correct. Please make any necessary updates or corrections in ParentVue, or at your child’s school by Friday, March 5th.

         

        Questions?

        Call the P-EBT Contact Center: 1-833-518-0282

         


        Meals in Motion Update

        Return to Hybrid Learning

        As the district transitions to the Hybrid Learning Model, our Meals in Motion program will be making changes to continue to best serve the families in our community.

        WHAT WILL BE CHANGING

        Meals in Motion Meals on Wheels Program-Bus Routes

        As we return to in-person learning, our amazing bus drivers are going to begin transporting students once again.  We are so grateful for their help in transporting meals to families for the last 10 months.  Because their services are needed to transport our kids, the last day for Meals in Motion Bus routes will be this Friday, January 29th.  

        Meals in Motion Drive-Thru Curbside Location Changes

        Child Nutrition Services will begin offering 7-Days of meal service to students attending in-person learning. As a result, all elementary school MiM Drive-Thru locations offering curbside pick-up will be closing. The last day for curbside pick-up at elementary school locations is this Friday, January 29th.  

         


        WHAT WILL REMAIN THE SAME

        FREE MEALS 

        Child Nutrition Services will continue to offer FREE meals to all children, ages 0-18 years in our community through the end of the 2020-21 school year.  Households do not have to have previously qualified for free or reduced-price meals.  Come and eat with us!  This program is here to help our community during this difficult time.  Save money on your grocery budget so you can put gas in your car or pay another bill.  

        7-Days of Meals  

        Child Nutrition Services will continue to offer 7-days of meals at all of our service locations.

        Secondary Curbside Locations

        The following MiM Drive-Thru Curbside locations will remain open to the public and serve all secondary school students, students in grades 2-5 through the month of February and/or until they transition to in person learning, elementary students that remain on-line only, home-school students, students enrolled in Bethel Virtual Academy or any child age 0 thru 18 in our community, but not enrolled in one of our elementary schools:

        Cougar Mountain Middle School (front of school)
        5108 260th St. E., Graham, 98338

        Graham-Kapowsin High School (front of school-gym entrance)
        22100 108th Ave. E., Graham, 98338

        Liberty Middle School (front of school-gym entrance)
        7319 Eustis Hunt Rd. E., 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

         

        7-day Meal Box Program

        You can register in advance to pick up 7 days of breakfast and lunch for your student(s) at our Central Kitchen location (192nd & Canyon) on Monday nights. Capacity is limited for this option based on first-come/first-serve status.                                

        If you would like more information on this program, please contact Debbi Sherer, Child Nutrition Revenue Clerk at:  dsherer@bethelsd.org

         


         

        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.


         

        In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

        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.

        To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov.

        This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

         

      Meals in Motion Locations

      • Child Nutrition Services is offering meals at 5 secondary 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 5 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.

        The following MiM Drive-Thru Curbside locations will remain open to the public and serve all secondary school students, students in grades 2-5 through the month of February and/or until they transition to in person learning, elementary students that remain on-line only, home-school students, students enrolled in Bethel Virtual Academy or any child age 0 thru 18 in our community, but not enrolled in one of our elementary schools:

        Spring 2021 Meals in Motion Locations open until March 8th, 2021

        Curbside meal service will be discontinued as schools move from remote learning into hybrid learning schedules. 

        Cougar Mountain Middle School (front of school)
        5108 260th St. E., Graham, 98338

        Liberty Middle School (front of school-gym entrance)
        7319 Eustis Hunt Rd. E., Spanaway, 98387

        Spanaway Middle School (front of school-gym entrance)
        15701 B St. E., Tacoma, 98445

         

        Spring 2021 Meals in Motion Locations open until March 22nd, 2021

        Curbside meal service will be discontinued as schools move from remote learning into hybrid learning schedules. 

        Graham-Kapowsin High School (front of school-gym entrance)
        22100 108th Ave. E., Graham, 98338

        Spanaway Lake High School (front of school)
        1305 168th St. E., Spanaway, 98387

      FAQ

      • 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: Do you have instructions for reheating meals? 
        A: Yes, you can download instructions here. 

        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 inelson@bethelsd.org. 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 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.

        Click here to sign up for the week of March 8th, 2021

         

        Families who choose to participate in the 7-Day Meal Box program, must agree NOT to participate in the daily curbside 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:

         

      Ele Hybrid Meal Program

      • Elementary School Hybrid Model Emergency Meal Program

        School Meals and “Meals2Go!” Program


        Meals during in-person learning
        For families who wish to participate, lunch and breakfast for the next day will be provided free of charge to all elementary students while they are attending in-person learning.  Students will eat lunch at school and be given breakfast to take home. Children need to let their teacher know when they take lunch count that they would like to have lunch at school.


        Meals in Motion “Meals2Go!” Brunch Bag Program
        Also, students will be offered Meals2Go! 2-day and 3-day Brunch Bags; to take home with them to be eaten on distance learning days and on the weekends.  Students simply need to let their teacher know they would like the Meals2Go! Brunch bag when they are taking the daily lunch count.

        For example:
        Students attending school on "A" days (Monday/Thursday)
        Monday, students would be provided a lunch (which will be eaten at school) and a breakfast to take home. Additionally, students will be offered a Meals2Go! 2-day brunch bag containing two additional breakfast and lunch meals. Students will have enough meals to have breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday and breakfast on Thursday morning before they come back to school.  On Thursday, lunch would be eaten at school, breakfast taken home and offered a Meals Go! 3-day brunch bag containing 3 additional breakfast and lunch meals. This provides breakfast and lunch for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and with a breakfast for Monday morning before returning to school.  

        Students attending school on "B" days (Tuesday/Friday)
        Tuesday, students would be provided a lunch (which will be eaten at school) and a breakfast to take home. Additionally, students will be offered a Meals2Go! 2-day brunch bag containing two additional breakfast and lunch meals. Students will have enough meals to have breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday and breakfast on Friday morning before they come back to school.  On Friday, lunch would be eaten at school, breakfast taken home and offered a Meals2Go! 3-day brunch bag containing 3 additional breakfast and lunch meals. This provides breakfast and lunch for Saturday, Sunday and Monday with a breakfast for Tuesday morning before returning to school.  


        Students that participate in both the in-person learning meals and the Meals2Go! Program, will receive breakfast and lunch 7-days per week.

         

        Do we have to participate in school meals?

        Families have the option to participate in all, none or a combination of the elementary emergency meal programs offered while at school. Just let your student’s teacher know and they will include your student on the lunch count for the desired program(s) that day. All meals provided to students are FREE of charge.

         

        Food Safety

        Breakfast meals and Meals2Go! Brunch Bags
        • Breakfast and/or Meals2Go! need to be placed in the refrigerator and/or freezer as soon as it
        arrives home. Meals contain MILK, other refrigerated items and frozen foods.
        • Families will need to store and prepare foods according to preparation instructions. Preparation
        instructions will be sent home in the Meals2Go! Brunch Bag, but can also be found here.
        • Families will need to make sure they have adequate FREEZER and REFRIGERATED storage space.
        • Frozen items should remain frozen until ready to heat and eat.
        • Refrigerated items should remain under refrigeration until ready to eat.

         

        Special Dietary Needs

        If your student is newly enrolled to our district and has a special dietary need, and wants to participate in the meal program, please contact your school’s health room to complete necessary paperwork needed to receive accommodations. 

        How to request a menu modification 

        Menu Modification Form


        USDA meal program regulations state that only when the required paperwork is complete and on file, can Child Nutrition Services can make menu modifications.