FAQs

  • Any other questions not answered here please contact the Food & Nutrition Services office at (915) 230-2160

    What is Breakfast Room Service? (BRS)


    Breakfast room service is offered at fifty–two schools across the district. Breakfast is delivered to the classroom to provide convenient access to school breakfast. Many students miss out on school breakfast

    Why offer it in the classroom?

    Breakfast plays a significant role in shaping the learning environment.

    • Eating breakfast at school helps children perform better. Numerous published studies show that academic achievement among students who eat school breakfast tends to improve, especially in vocabulary, math, and standardized tests.
    • Students who eat breakfast at school have better attendance and tend to behave better. In studies of school breakfast programs in Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, and Rhode Island, scientists found that students who eat breakfast at school have better attendance records, are less likely to be tardy, and exhibit fewer behavioral and psychological problems than students who do not eat breakfast at school.
    • Eating breakfast can improve children's diets and may reduce their risk of obesity. Studies show that children who regularly eat breakfast have a better quality of nutrient intake and are less likely to be overweight or obese. In fact, regularly eating breakfast may serve as a safeguard against childhood obesity.

     

    How can I make deposits to my child's account?


    Deposits can be made with a credit/debit card at mySchoolBucks.com for $2.49.

    If paying by check, write the students' or students name(s) and student ID# "memo" section of the check.. El Paso ISD Food & Nutrition Services has entered into an agreement with e-Cap electronic check recovery system to handle any returned checks due to insufficient funds. A $30.00 fee will be charged on all returned checks plus the value of the check.

    If paying by cash, enclose a piece of paper with the student's or students' name(s) and ID # with the money in an envelope

    Deposits on an account can be made at any time either before school or during lunch, but to help serve you better, we would encourage you to make deposits in the morning before school.

    Any amount may be deposited on any day. The cashier will remind the student his/her account balance is getting low. School Messenger will call home with low and negative balances.


    What is the borrowing policy for the food service department?


    The EPISD Food and Nutrition Service Department will allow students at the elementary level to borrow up to $6.00 for lunch or breakfast. As a courtesy if your child does not have the correct funds for lunch he/she will be given a cheese sandwich, mayo and a glass of ice water at no charge.

    Middle School Students will be allowed to borrow up to $6.75 for lunch or breakfast. As a courtesy if your child does not have the correct funds for lunch he/she will be given a cheese sandwich, mayo and a glass of ice water at no charge.

    High school students paying regular price for meals will be able to borrow $2.25 to pay for breakfast or lunch meals.

    The EPISD Food and Nutrition Department does not allow borrowing at any time for the purchase of a la carte items.

    How will I know if my student(s) need money in their account?


    We encourage you to monitor your students balance. We make every effort to provide you with access to the information but it is the parent or guardian's responsibility to make sure the student has enough money. By setting up an account with mySchoolBucks.com you can track your student(s) balance for free. Calls are also made to student homes using School Messenger to notify students that have low balances and negative balances. Letters are also sent home twice a week from the Elementary school cafeteria if your student has a negative balance.







    What does "offer vs. serve" mean?


    Offer versus serve mandated that students in high school would not be required to accept offered foods, they did not intend to consume. At the middle school and elementary levels, the policy is optional and it is up to each individual district to decide whether they wish to extend offer vs. serve in middle or elementary schools. EPISD Food and Nutrition Service Department has extended offer vs. serve to include the elementary and middle schools. The five components of the lunch meal include:

    • Meat or Meat Alternate
    • Fruit
    • Vegetable
    • Bread or Bread Alternate
    • Milk

    Students may take three of the five items and it must include one serving of fruit or vegetable. Then the meal will count as a complete meal and eligible for reimbursement. At breakfast, students may also select three of the four items offered including one serving of fruit or vegetable.