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2020-21 Grab & Go Meals Program

The UPSD Food Services Department is pleased to offer a Grab and Go Meals Program during the 2020-21 school year’s virtual and hybrid learning.

Beginning on April 6, 2021, when we begin our four days per week in-person schedule, the Grab & Go Meals Program will continue to have a single pickup per week, as during the hybrid model. This pickup will typically occur on Monday evenings from 5-7pm at the back of the 4th & 5th GC, unless there is a holiday or school closure.

Please read on for more details about the 2020-21 Grab and Go Meals Program.

Logistics

  • Due to some guidelines released by USDA, we will NOT need to charge families for any meals this school year, whether in-person or via Grab & Go. Any UPSD student (or any school-aged child residing in the district) may receive meals at NO COST.
  • Families must sign up in advance of the distribution events (via the form below)
    • Families must sign up by 10 a.m. the day of pickup
    • Families may only sign up for one week at a time
      • Sign up form will be updated for the week ahead on the day of that week's pickup.
    • If you sign up for meals and then find that you are unable to make the pickup time, please contact Food Services Director Paula Germinario (pgerminario@upsd.org) as soon as possible.
  • Distribution to take place at the back of the 4th & 5th Grade Center
  • Distribution events take place on Mondays from 5-7 p.m. unless otherwise noted due to a holiday/school closure
  • There are three options to choose on the form:
    • In-person students - those attending buildings four days per week will receive four of their lunches in the building, so these bags include 1 lunch and 5 breakfasts.
    • Full Virtual students - those continuing in a virtual model will receive all five days of breakfasts and lunches in one bag
    • Non-UPSD students - this option is for students that live in the district, but do not attend UPSD either in-person or virtually. This program is open to all school-aged students who reside within district boundaries.
  • All pickups include 5 days of breakfast items, as breakfast will NOT be offered in the buildings
  • Basic/preliminary menus for in-person lunches can be found on the Food Service webpage.
  • Families must get all of the meals offered at a distribution event, as bags are pre-made
  • Anyone (a parent, grandparent, neighbor, etc) can come pick up the meals on the student’s behalf.
  • All meals distributed through the Grab & Go Meals Program will meet or exceed the guidelines for the National School Breakfast/Lunch Program, and will contain all components (Ex: lunches contain a protein, a fruit, a vegetable, a grain and a milk).
    • Examples of meals include:
      • Breakfast: Cereals, bagels, breakfast bars
      • Lunch: Pizza, popcorn chicken, PB&J sandwich, meatloaf, baked chicken, Salisbury steak

Reheating Instructions

There is typically a mix of cold and warm entrees in our meal bags. All warm entrees can be easily reheated using a microwave, oven or stove. Reheating instructions for some of our regular warm items may be found here (updated 11/19/20).

Making the Most of School Meals

To find out more about how to make the most out of the food provided in the Grab & Go Meals bags, check out this article.

Miscellaneous

  • Families with questions about the Grab and Go Meals Program, or those who wish to discuss dietary restrictions, may contact Food Services Director Ms. Paula Germinario at pgerminario@upsd.org
  • As always, Upper Perk families in need of food assistance beyond the meals provided by the district may contact The Open Link.

2020-21 Grab & Go Meals Order Form

**Orders must be received by 10 a.m. the day of pickup.