Contact Us

Child Nutrition Director
Alexandra Epstein-Solfield
(509) 925-8217
alexandra.epsteinsolfield@esd401.org

Nutrition Specialist
Charlotte Green
charlotte.green@esd401.org 

Address: 1203 E Capitol Ave, Ellensburg WA 98926

Para información o preguntas en español llame a:
Cindy Melchor
Intérprete del Distrito Escolar de Ellensburg
509-925-8042 Oficina
cindy.melchor@esd401.org 

If you need school meal program information in another language, please call 509-925-8217.

Si necesita información sobre el programa de comidas escolares en otro idioma, llame al 509-925-8217.

 

Child Nutrition Services

Servicios de Nutrición Infantil

Our mission is to provide students with nourishing and delicious food

that inspires lifelong healthy eating habits.

Beginning this summer, the state of Washington will launch a new Summer EBT program called SUN Bucks. The program will provide families with $120 for each eligible school-aged child to buy food when school is out.

Eligibility

  • Children who live in a household already receiving assistance program benefits (SNAP, TANF, FDPIR), OR
  • Children who attend a school that operates the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Program , AND
    1. Is directly certified for free or reduced-price school meals (SNAP, TANF, FDPIR), or
    2. Meets the requirements to receive free or reduced price meals, as determined through an NSLP/SBP application. Apply here: free and reduced-price meal application (for Ellensburg High School, Morgan Middle School, and Valley View Elementary School students).
    3. Submits a qualifying Family Income Survey (FIS). For families with children attending a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school (Ida Nason Aronica Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Mt Stuart Elementary, and the Early Learning Center).

Families are encouraged to complete the 2023-2024 free and reduced priced meal application or the Family Income Survey (CEP schools only) by May 31, 2024.
SUN Bucks will be issued beginning mid-June through the end of August 2024. Once qualified, families will receive an approval notice and SUN Bucks EBT card within 7 to 10 business days via U.S. Mail. SUN Bucks benefits expire 122 days from issuance.
If your family moved during the school year, you need to update your mailing address to ensure the EBT card is sent to the correct address. Address changes can be made using your Skyward account.


Questions?

Please call the SUN Bucks Call Center with questions 1-833-543-3230, starting June 1st. More information can be found on the SUN Bucks webpage.


 

FREE AND REDUCED MEAL APPLICATIONS
ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Valley View Elementary, Morgan Middle School, and Ellensburg High School Students:

Please use the 2023-24 Household Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals using the "Mealtime Apply Online" link below or print version found HERE

Lincoln, Valley View, and Ida Nason Aronica Elementary Schools, and ELC Students:

Please use the 2023-24 Family Income Survey found HERE

Important Notes:

  • A new application is required each school year.
  • Households may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. 
  • Household members do not have to be U.S. citizens for children to qualify for free or reduced-price meals and/or completing the form has no impact on immigration status.
  • Family income surveys and meal applications are used to determine federal nutrition assistance and education funding for Ellensburg School District. It is critical that parents return applications so we can count all eligible students.

 

FCC Affordable Connectivity Program

The Federal Communications Commission Affordable Connectivity Program has replaced the Emergency Broadband Benefit. This program provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet for eligible households and up to $75 per month for homes on qualifying Tribal lands. Details: https://www.fcc.gov/acp

All households with a child who was approved to receive free or reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or the School Breakfast Program (SBP) within the last 12 months, including children who attend schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), are eligible for ACP benefits.

Here are the steps to enrolling in the Affordable Connectivity Program:
1. Go to AffordableConnectivity.gov to submit an application or print out a mail-in application.
2. Contact your preferred participating provider to select an eligible plan & have the discount applied to your bill.

Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

1) mail: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

2) fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Declaración de No Discriminación:

Para todos los demás programas de asistencia de nutrición del FNS, agencias estatales o locales y sus subreceptores, deben publicar la siguiente Declaración de No Discriminación: De acuerdo con la ley federal de derechos civiles y las normas y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos (USDA), esta entidad está prohibida de discriminar por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo (incluyendo identidad de género y orientación sexual), discapacidad, edad, o represalia o retorsión por actividades previas de derechos civiles.

La información sobre el programa puede estar disponible en otros idiomas que no sean el inglés. Las personas con discapacidades que requieren medios alternos de comunicación para obtener la información del programa (por ejemplo, Braille, letra grande, cinta de audio, lenguaje de señas americano (ASL), etc.) deben comunicarse con la agencia local o estatal responsable de administrar el programa o con el Centro TARGET del USDA al (202) 720-2600 (voz y TTY) o comuníquese con el USDA a través del Servicio Federal de Retransmisión al (800) 877-8339.

Para presentar una queja por discriminación en el programa, el reclamante debe llenar un formulario AD-3027, formulario de queja por discriminación en el programa del USDA, el cual puede obtenerse en línea en: https://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/resource-files/usda-program-discrimination-complaint-form-spanish.pdf, de cualquier oficina de USDA, llamando al (866) 632-9992, o escribiendo una carta dirigida a USDA. La carta debe contener el nombre del demandante, la dirección, el número de teléfono y una descripción escrita de la acción discriminatoria alegada con suficiente detalle para informar al Subsecretario de Derechos Civiles (ASCR) sobre la naturaleza y fecha de una presunta violación de derechos civiles. El formulario AD-3027 completado o la carta debe presentarse a USDA por:

(1) correo:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

(2) fax: (833)256-1665 o (202) 690-7442; o

(3) correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov

Esta entidad es un proveedor que brinda igualdad de oportunidades.