Community Eligibility Provision
The Yakima School District is participating in a federal program available to select schools as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program called Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). This means that all students attending our District are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no charge throughout the 2023-2024 school year, regardless of family or household income.
In the Yakima School District, we are dedicated to promoting children's well-being and nutritional health. As part of our commitment to prioritizing child nutrition, we have implemented a comprehensive wellness policy that provides nutritious meals and creates a supportive food environment. Our approach ensures that children have access to balanced and wholesome meals, incorporating essential nutrients for their growth and development. Additionally, we collect valuable wellness assessment data better to understand each child's nutritional needs and preferences. This information allows us to tailor our meal programs and educational initiatives, empowering children to make healthy choices and cultivate lifelong habits contributing to their overall well-being. Through our child nutrition-focused wellness policy and assessment data, we strive to create a nurturing environment where children can thrive and reach their full potential.
Please click here to view our most recent assessment of the efforts by the Child Nutrition Department to meet or exceed the expectations of the Wellness Policy.
Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program provides free samples of new produce items for elementary students that they may not have been exposed to before, such as dragon fruit or purple sweet potatoes. The goal of the program is to help introduce students to healthy eating habits and get them excited about including a variety of fruits and vegetables in their diet. The Yakima School District Child Nutrition Department is proud to have participated in this program for 12 years.