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Welcome to LJISD Child Nutrition Services!

La Joya Independent School District

March 28, 2020

COVID-19 School Closure / Meal Service Plan


Emergency Meal Location / Time / Schedule (English & Spanish)



March 19, 2020 

COVID-19 School Closure / Meal Service Plan

La Joya, Texas - Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020 The Child Nutrition Services Department team will be offering CURBSIDE meal services from 9:30 am -11:30 am. A breakfast and a Lunch will be offered to all children 18 years of age and younger.  Children must be present. No need to get off of your vehicles.  For updates, visit our website at  

USDA Food & Nutrition Service - Guidance on Human Pandemic Response

Texas Department of Agriculture Updates on COVID-19

La Joya ISD Meal Sites and Updates


Dear La Joya ISD Families,

La Joya, Texas- Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 to Friday, April 3, 2020, children in the La Joya Independent School District area can receive free emergency meals during the time of district school closures. Breakfasts and lunches will be made available through a drive up service (Meal-to-go style) at 10 different locations throughout the district, Monday through Friday. Meals will be available for pick up between 9:30 am -11:30 am. Children must be in the vehicle in order to receive a free meal. Any child, ages 18 and under, is eligible to receive a meal, even if they are not a La Joya ISD student. No ID documentation required.

This program will be solely for the pick-up of meals, and meals will not be consumed on-site. We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site and utilizing social distancing once meals have been distributed. Individuals will not be permitted to enter any campus. All food will be distributed near the bus ramp or front area at all locations.

Meal services will be available at the following locations:

High Schools:
La Joya High School
Palmview High School
Juarez-Lincoln High School

Middle Schools:
Cesar Chavez Middle School
Dr. Saenz Middle School
Ann Richards Middle School
JD Salinas Middle School

Elementary Schools:
Jose De Escandon Elementary
Sam Fordyce Elementary
Emiliano Zapata Elementary 


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January 2020 CNS Department UPDATE:

Beginning January 2020, LJISD CNS department now offers Supper meals to all the La Joya ISD students.  

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides reimbursements for meals served to children and youth participating in afterschool care programs. CACFP contributes to the wellness, healthy growth, and development of young children and adults in the United States.


Dear La Joya ISD Families,

Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

The goal of the La Joya ISD Child Nutrition Services is to provide students, faculty and staff with nutritious, appetizing, quality meals that are prepared and served by caring professionals in a pleasant environment.

The Child Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of Food and Nutrition Professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet State and Federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of nutritious and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

La Joya ISD school cafeterias are meeting tough new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. Continue to encourage your kids to choose school breakfast and school lunch!

School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on portion size.  School breakfast & school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:

√ Age-appropriate calorie limits
√ Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce)
√ A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
√ Fat-free milk (flavored and unflavored milk)
√ More whole grains
√ And less sodium

School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too! La Joya ISD participates under a special Provision, (CEP) Community Eligibility Provision, that allows the District to provide Breakfast and Lunch at no cost to the student.
We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria.  To find out more about La Joya ISD healthy school meals, please browse our website to get the facts about school meals.

"Score big with a healthy Texas lunch"

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