KSD School Lunch Program | Bacich and Kent
The KSD is launching a new school lunch program in partnership with Dee’s Organic for the 2022-2023 school year. This program is based on the state mandate to offer school meals for all students. Students may access these meals at no cost or parents/guardians may donate to cover the cost of the school lunch service. The KSD is accepting donations for the meals as the KSD does not receive any additional funding to support this state mandated program.
Dee’s Organic is a local Bay Area catering agency offering locally sourced ingredients and meals made fresh daily. The KSD is one of two school programs contracting with Dee’s Organic for a school lunch program. Orders can be placed monthly or weekly. Following the initial launch of the program orders must be placed one week in advance of the service date. School lunch is available each school day. On early release days, students will be provided lunch in a to-go model.
Learn More about Lunch Program and FAQ
Beginning this school year, the California Universal Meals Program (Education Code 49501.5), also referred to as School Meals for All, requires public school districts serving students in grades TK through grade 12 to provide two meals free of charge (breakfast and lunch) during each school day to any student that requests a meal. The program is a great step toward ensuring that all California students are receiving adequate nutrition and are therefore in a position to reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.
In the past, KSPTA has managed the KSD Lunch program by contracting with a food service provider, and providing parents with the opportunity to purchase lunch from that provider. This year, the KSD has contracted directly with our vendor, Dee’s Organics, and as before, any student can opt to receive a lunch at lunchtime. However this year, due to the new School Meals for All program, we have added breakfast to our meal offerings, and our district will provide a free breakfast or lunch to any student that requests one. Any meals that are provided to a student at no cost will be paid for by the district, and will not be reimbursed by the state or federal government as the KSD has opted to not participate in the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
KSD has not participated, this year or any past year, in the NSLP. The number of families in our district who qualify for the program is small, and there are a number of benefits to opting out. By opting out of this program, we are free as a district to choose a provider like Dee’s Organics, which is outside of those allowed by the NSLP. In addition, the district is not required to bear the significant administrative burden of the NSLP program.
Because we are not part of the NSLP program, any additional free lunches that are provided to students under the new School Meals for All program will also be paid for by the district and are not reimbursed by the state. If the district receives voluntary donations then the cost of providing lunch to students outside of the NSLP program may remain affordable for our district.
Click here to get more information about our school lunch program and how it impacts the KSD operations, this FAQ is a living document and will be updated regularly.
Lunch Size & Pricing
Regular Size lunches will be provided for Bacich School.
Large Size lunches will be provided at Kent Middle School.
The lunch menu is connected to the online ordering system deesorganic.ahotlunch.com
All meals include seasonal fruit/vegetable and Gluten-Free and dairy-free options are available.
Lunch menus will be released a month at a time.
Lunch Ordering Process
Dee’s Organics is using nationally renowned software provider Hotlunch.com to implement the online lunch order administration. The menu is now available on our new software allowing you to sign up and order lunches. Please ensure you order lunch by 5 p.m. the day before service. Beginning September 12, families will be requested to order lunch a week (seven days) prior to service.
You may sign up using a personal computer or device.
- Log in at deesorganic.ahotlunch.com/login to create an account so you can order lunch for your child/ren throughout the school year.
- After you activate your account, you will need a school code to add your children. The school codes are: Bacich Elementary - Bacich2223 and Kent Middle School - Kent2223
- Once you are registered you can order through the website on a personal computer or use Hotlunch.com’s iOS Application for the iPhone from itunes.apple.com/us/app/hotlunch-school-software/id1451511654?mt=8
- The domain you need to enter is: deesorganic.
For more guidance, create an account and see the step by step guides below. Once logged in, if you have any questions or need assistance, click on the "Software Support" option on the bottom left of your navigation panel.