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Pandemic EBT or P-EBT card additional benefits to help support eligible families

Families with children who are eligible for free and reduced price meals, but who are not receiving benefits that result in direct certification will need to apply online.  The online application will be available as of May 22, 2020 through July 15, 2020.  Eligilbe families can apply for P-EBT beginning on May 22, 2020 at

For more information, please visit or contact Jana Slagle at or Ally Triolo at

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Welcome to Food and Nutrition Services!


Global -> newguidelines.jpgOur Mission is to help students achieve academic excellence by balancing good nutrition with physical fitness. To provide low cost, nutritious, well-balanced, and good-tasting meals so that all students will be able to learn at their best.

Bakersfield City School District Food Services manages Kern County's largest Child Nutrition Program, overseeing 22,500 lunches and 11,000 breakfasts per day plus after school snacks and summer meals.



2020-2021 Confidential Family Survey


File Manager -> Healthy_Kids_final.jpgOur self-supporting program has been nationally recognized by the United States Dept. of Agriculture (USDA).  We are the recipient of the

  • USDA Outstanding School Lunch Program 
  • USDA Outstanding Summer Food Service Program Award
  • USDA Best Practices Award for expanding the breakfast program
  • USDA Best Practices Award for environmentally friendly cafeteria practices

We are a creative ensemble of talented professionals who strive to think "out of the box."



Now We're Cooking!

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Click the button to the right to see the excitement at our recent "Now We're Cooking" barbecue event that was held the families of the Bakersfield School District. All of our school Wellness and Community health partners joined us in the festivities.

We showcased healthy foods and fitness tips, and our community partnership shared their services, handouts and information. Best of all, we served up a lot of good food and fun for all!

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The Bakersfield City School District's Nutrition Services team is proud to announce being awarded the highest honor in school nutrition with the Gold Medals of Distinction to Harris, Hort, Frank West and Horace Mann Elementary Schools. Congratulations to Nutrition Services Department!  Click to learn more...


Our innovative and successful nutrition education activities were showcased at the 2002 State Child Nutrition Conference Best Practices Session presented by the California Nutrition Services Division. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Click on the Contact Us! We encourage student, staff, and parent involvement in the menu planning process. Share your suggestions, comments, or questions!

PINCO logoMeals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet states 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.



Notice: The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19854 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