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Smart Snacks In School
USDA Dietary Guidelines

Harvest of the Month

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Food service departments across the nation are experiencing supply chain interruptions due to limited product availability, nationwide transportation challenges, and supplier labor shortages.

Menu changes may occur during this time; however all students will continue to be offered meals that meet USDA nutrition standards and menu requirements.

We are working diligently to minimize the impact this may have on our students and we look forward to returning to a greater variety of menu offerings in the future. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.


Free curbside meal pick-up available for 18 years and under

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Click for the 21-22 meal pickup schedule:



A meal validation card must be present to pick up a meal for your child.



MCS Virtual Learning enrolled students should have received a card in the mail by Monday, August 9, 2021. You must bring this card to pick up meals.

Newly enrolled MVA students may receive their card in the mail after August 9th.  Cards may be issued in the drive through if the card was not yet received.



On Tuesday August 10, 2021, Nutrition Services staff began the validation process for non-school aged children or children not enrolled at Modesto City Schools. To be issued a card, one of the following forms of validation was required:

Acceptable forms of validation:

  • Child present in the car
  • Old Meal Card
  • Student ID card
  • Proof of enrollment at school
  • School document (ex. letter with student’s name on it)
  • Electronic document (ex. email with student’s name on it)
  • Childcare documents
  • Any other form of documentation that shows a child is 18 & under


Lost or altered forms will require revalidation. New cards can be issued at all of our 11 meal pick up sites. For more information call 209-574-1619.


Our mission is to create and maintain a healthy learning environment for all students by providing nutritious, chef-designed, globally inspired meals in a welcoming and inclusive environment.



Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

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

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