All meals are FREE for the 2021-22 school year. Each student can receive 1 free breakfast and 1 free lunch meal while at school.Charging for Meals this Fall
At the conclusion of the 2021-22 school year, the USDA pandemic feeding waivers that allowed us to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students are set to expire.
This means we will be returning to a paid meal service this fall under USDA’s National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Meals will be charged according to a student’s free, reduced, or paid meal eligibility status.
The Free and Reduced Price Meal application will be available in late August for families to apply.
With that said, the USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) does allow schools with high numbers of low-income children to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students.
There are nine (9) schools in our district that meet the requirements for CEP. All students enrolled in the following CEP eligible schools will receive free meals for the 2022-23 school year:
- Bethel Acceleration Academy
- Bethel Middle School
- Camas Prairie Elementary
- Challenger High School
- Evergreen Elementary
- Centennial Elementary
- Spanaway Elementary
- Spanaway Middle School
- Thompson Elementary
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Bethel Child Nutrition Services will be offering free lunches at four of our schools this summer.
Summer lunch service will be available at no charge to all children ages 1 thru 18 years, from June 28th through July 29th. There will be no service on Monday, July 4th. The Summer Lunch Program will run Tuesday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the following locations:
- Bethel High School (22001 38th Ave E, Spanaway, WA 98387)
- Spanaway Lake High School (1305 168th St E, Spanaway, WA 98387)
- Thompson Elementary School (303 159th St E, Tacoma, WA 98387)
And from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at
- Shining Mountain Elementary School (21615 38th Ave E Spanaway 98387)
This is a federally funded program, and there are rules we must follow, including:
- Meals must be distributed directly to the children in the cafeteria. There will be no parent/guardian pick-up, and no classroom bulk delivery for summer school students.
- Children must eat their meal on-site, in the cafeteria. There will be no “grab ‘n go,” curbside pick-up, or taking food home.
USDA National Hunger Hotline (Monday–Friday)
Families can call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479)
Para español, por favor llame 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273)
Text "Food" or "Comida" to 304-304 to find free summer meals near them.
Meal Site Locator - https://www.nokidhungry.org/find-free-meals
Free & Reduced
FREE AND REDUCED APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR
Your child(ren) may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Qualification is based on household income and an application must be submitted and on file for the current school year.
The online application only takes a few minutes and can be completed using your smartphone, tablet, or computer. For questions or assistance, contact Child Nutrition Services during regular business hours 7:00-3:30 p.m. at 253-800-3912. Families are notified by mail when their application has been processed. Applications for school meal benefits will be processed within 10 business days.
https://emealapps.bethelsd.org/ (CLICK HERE TO APPLY)
Paper Copies can be requested from the Child Nutrition and Bethel School offices.
The online application is also available in Spanish. For additional languages, please visit: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/translated-applications
IT’S MORE THAN A MEAL APPLICATION
WHY DO WE NEED TO COMPLETE A FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEAL APPLICATION IF ALL MEALS ARE FREE THIS SCHOOL YEAR?
Completing the household application for Free and Reduced Price Meals not only qualifies students for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch but also allows your student to gain access (with parent/guardian permission) to:
- Fee Waivers or discounts offered by the district
- Community resources such as Weekend Backpack Meals
- Potential expansion of federal P-EBT benefits
- Uninterrupted school meal benefits for the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year.
Consent to Share Free and Reduced Eligibility with Bethel’s Financial Assistance Program is optional and does not affect your children’s eligibility for Free or Reduced-Price Meals.
To qualify automatically, you may consent to have the district disclose your child (ren)’s free or reduced eligibility internally to this local program. Only designated administrators and bookkeepers will be informed of the student’s eligibility status for the sole purpose of providing additional financial assistance and support.
Complete Part 7, “Sharing Information”, in the meal application to take advantage of the above-mentioned program.
*Bethel’s Financial Assistance Program provides fee discounts and/or waivers for certain school activities and eligibility for additional programs and services as determined by the district. Examples of financial assistance provided may include but are not limited to reductions and waivers for academic testing, band/orchestra, sporting events/athletic participation, field trips, ASB card, club, program, and activity fees; summer school/credit retrieval, and other course fees, iPad loss/damage insurance, Running Start textbook discounts and eligibility for certain scholarships, National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), Invest Ed, Community Connections Outreach and Weekend Meals Backpack Program.NOTE: Due to internet connectivity issues on some mobile and wireless devices, your Free & Reduced-Price Meal Application may not send to Child Nutrition Services. You will receive a "Batch Number" (confirmation number) when we successfully receive your completed application. If you do not receive a confirmation number, please submit your application on a computer or at the Child Nutrition Office, 5625 192nd St E, Puyallup, WA 98375.
SOLICITUD DE ESPAÑOL EN LÍNEA AHORA DISPONIBLE. Seleccione "español" del menú desplegable en la página de inicio de la aplicación.
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 AND do not have a paid eligibility status for the 2020-21 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-price meals by clicking here. If you don’t qualify now, but your household’s financial circumstances change, families can apply for the free and reduced price meal program anytime between now and June 30th, 2021 and will be eligible for P-EBT benefits retroactively.
PLEASE NOTE: Our on-line application system tracks the frequency and number of F/R applications a household submits. If your application is denied due to income, re-submitting an application with a lower income in an attempt to qualify for benefits is revealed in our system and could trigger verification for cause which would require the household to provide proof of income to validate the amount of income submitted on the application.
There is no application process for P-EBT. Each eligible student will automatically receive a separate Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card in the mail.
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.
Future benefits will automatically be loaded on the existing benefit cards, so be sure to keep your card.
P-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 contact your child’s school for assistance.
For more information go to: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/community-services-offices/pandemic-ebt-p-ebt
Call the P-EBT Contact Center: 1-833-518-0282 from 8am-5pm PST, Monday-Friday
Q: What is P-EBT?
A: Money to buy food that replaces the school meals missed while schools have been closed or operating with reduced hours due to the pandemic.
Q: Who is eligible for P-EBT?
A: The fundamental intent of the program is to provide P-EBT benefits to children who are eligible for Free or Reduced-Price National School Lunch Program (NSLP) meals for days that they do not receive a meal that is consumed on campus as part of an educational school day.
P-EBT is administered to schools that were closed or in a remote learning environment for 5 or more consecutive days.
Q: What if my address on file with the school district was not up-to-date?
A: If you believe your address was NOT current and your students were qualified for Free and Reduced Price meals last school year and/or this school year, update your address in ParentVue and contact the P-EBT Contact Center at: 1-833-518-0282.
Q: Will my preschool student receive P-EBT benefits?
A: Yes. Preschool students in Bethel School District are both “enrolled” in the district and normally participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), making them eligible for P-EBT through the school district.
Q: When will families receive benefits?
A: Families will be notified in late March for the first round of benefits. P-EBT cards will be mailed in the following weeks. Future benefits will automatically be loaded on existing cards.
Q: When will the next round of benefits be loaded onto the cards?
A: April 2021, June 2021 and August 2021.
Q: What if I believe I should have received P-EBT benefits last year but did not receive them?
A: Send your questions and information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Welcome to the Child Nutrition site. Our department is responsible for making sure schools serve nutritious meals to students. Research clearly indicates that when students eat well, they learn better.
We want to do all we can to promote healthy eating for all our students.
Our department includes cook managers, serving cooks, child nutrition helpers and administrative staff. We follow state and federal guidelines in developing menus for our schools, which ensure that the meals we offer provide good nutrition to students.
Guidelines and other nutrition information are covered in the additional links on our site. Please feel free to contact us 253.800.3912 with any questions or comments.
Bethel Child Nutrition Office
5625 192nd Street East
Puyallup, WA 98375
Child Nutrition Director
Child Nutrition Clerk
It is our desire to provide students with the safest possible food environment. Together with teachers, nurses and our Child Nutrition staff, we can create a plan to help meet your students’ special dietary needs.
Contact our office at 253.800.3912 for more information.
Nationally, there has been much attention focused on the health of our children. As the number of overweight and poorly nourished children begins to climb, school districts throughout the county have developed “wellness policies” to address the health of their students. Research demonstrates that the healthier our students are, the more prepared they are to learn.
Bethel School District, with input from parents, students, staff and community members, has established guidelines for physical activity, nutrition and health education, which will affect all of our students and schools. These guidelines set standards for the kinds of foods offered in school, minimum requirements for student physical activity offered during the school day, as well as guidelines for nutrition and health education.
Nutrition standards for “All Food Sold in Schools”
All foods and beverages sold during the school day must meet federal nutrition criteria. “Smart Snacks in School” regulations went into effect July 1, 2014. Child Nutrition Services is here to help! If you have any questions regarding Smart Snacks, please call the CNO Field Supervisor, Joel Latiolais, at 253.800.3918.