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2021-2022 Alternate Meal Application

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Welcome to CUSD Food Services! 


Our Department of Food Services is extremely proud of the accomplishments we are making in our district’s central kitchen. We are excited to bring the skill set of our entire team together to offer innovative and exciting meals to our students! Along with cooking with passion and excitement we also uphold a new standard of food service and production that is entirely based on culinary excellence, nutritional integrity and local procurement practices.



Carpinteria Unified School District is happy to announce a new Grab & Go Meals program. Beginning on Monday, August 24th, 2020 all students will have the opportunity to pick up their school meals and eat it at home or remotley!. This convenient new program brings access to meals to all students while distance learning, making it easier for them to have the opportunity to be well nourished and ready to learn. All students can pick up Grab & Go Meals for FREE from any of our distribution sites until the last day of school on June 10th, 2021. 



Due to COVID-19 the 2020/2021 school year will be a new experience for CUSD students, families, and staff in so many ways. The top priority of the Food Services department at CUSD is the health and safety of our students and staff. The CUSD Food Service team is following the highest health and safety standards in the food service industry. Whether the school year finds us distance learning, hybrid learning, or learning back at school, we will continue to safely serve nutritious and tasty food that we prepare fresh daily. 

During these challenging and uncertain economic times, many families in our community face decreasing income, layoffs and/or changes in living circumstances.  CUSD Food Services wants to help provide resources.  If your family's financial situation has changed since the last school year and you are not currently on the meal program... we urge you to apply.  

As CUSD rolls out the plans for the upcoming school year, we will share new information and updates pertaining to the Food Services department. Please stay tuned for menu posts and new programs. Thank you for your continued support!


Over the past quarter CUSD Food Services has partnered with The Berryman to host “Farmers to Families”.  We distributed approximately 40,000 pounds of fresh and local fruit and vegetables to our CUSD families. We are happy to be working with local farmers and vendors to provide families with nourishment during this unprecedented time. We hope to host similar programs during the 2020-2021 school year.


Mission Statement

The Carpinteria Unified School District, in partnership with the community and parents, believes that all students can learn and are capable of being successful in our diverse society. We are committed to providing a quality educational program in a caring, positive environment which promotes self-esteem and mutual respect. This will provide our students the necessary skills to be responsible citizens, to lead to happy, productive lives and to meet the exciting challenges of the 21st century.

Notice: The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19853(b) requires local educational agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to annually notify households about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.

Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication