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Dear Parent and/or Guardian: We would like to make you aware of a situation the District has been dealing with regarding our food delivery vendor, Gold Star Foods. Over the summer, Gold Star acquired the only other school food distribution company in Southern California, A&R Foods, and has been struggling to fulfill food orders for their school district customers in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Consequently, Gold Star has been three or more days behind in their food deliveries, impacting our planned menus. The food we do receive in our deliveries is not always what we had planned to receive for our set menus. Our menus are shifting, so that we can ensure we offer as much variety for our students as possible. We understand how frustrating these menu changes have been for our students and their families. We are doing our best to quickly resolve this issue with Gold Star, but right now our priority is making sure we have food in the cafeterias for our students. In the meantime, we will communicate, as quickly and as best as we can with parents regarding menu changes so that they may better plan for their child’s lunches. Attached is our best determination as to next week’s menu. If there are changes to next week’s menu, and we know what those changes will be the night before, we will call/email parents informing them of the change. We are working with Gold Star, as well as with our District administration and staff to resolve this issue quickly. We appreciate your patience and will provide additional information by the end of next week as to further developments, and hopefully resolution, of this issue. Sincerely, TUSD Nutrition Services Department

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Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. All meals, foods and beverages are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition professionals. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

More Time on Learning. When students have eaten, they are better able to concentrate and behave in the classroom. This allows teachers to spend more time on teaching and less time on discipline.

For the 2017-2018 school year, the following elementary schools will have breakfast: Adams, Arlington, Carr, Edison, Fern, Lincoln, Torrance Elementary, Victor, Wood and Yukon.

Meal Charge Policy:

The district allows elementary school students to charge up to negative $12 on their student accounts. If the students have reached this charge limit, they are given a snack consisting of crackers, a milk and fruit/veggies. 

Middle and high school students are not able to carry a negative balance. We will provide a snack consisting of crackers, a milk and fruit/veggies when a middle or high school student reaches a $0 balance. 

*Menu is subject to change.