Meals are served to students under the United StatesDepartment of Agriculture (USDA), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the Seamless Summer Feeding Option (SSFO), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The programs provide money to public school districts and county superintendents of schools that serve nutritious meals, free or at a reduced price, to needy children, in compliance with state law. The program is administered by the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division.
California Education Code Section 49550 requires all public school districts and county superintendents of schools to make available, free or at a reduced price, one nutritionally adequate meal to each needy student every school day. A needy student is one who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, according to specific family size and income standards. This requirement is commonly referred to as the "state meal mandate."
Admistrative Procedures relating to food served to students in school:
Food services responsibilites and regulations 5500
Competitive Food Sales 2270
Student body fund raising 2265
School special events, including festivals, potlucks and carnivals 5153
Activities by foundations, booster clubs and other non-district organizations 9325
School Wellness Policy 6342
Length of K-6 school day 4022
New USDA MealRegulations. Beginning with the 2012-2012 school year, SDUSD is putting in place the new USDA guidelines for even healthier meals for our students. These guidelines came about through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kid's Act of 2010 and ensure that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. Five components of a healthy meal are offered: milk, fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains with strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. School lunches 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 or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
· More whole grains
· And less sodium
For additional information on USDA Meal Regulations go to the School Nutrition website www.traytalk.org.
Saturday School Procedures: Breakfast meals are available to students mandated to attend Saturday School. Breakfast meals are provided at no cost to students certified "free or reduced-price" status. Students in the "paid" status will be charged $1.00 for breakfast. Contact the Saturday School Administration/Teacher at your student's school to request meals.