Food and Nutrition Services Procedures

Administrative Prodecures relating to food serverd to students in school
New USDA Meal Regulations
Competitive Foods
Saturday School
Overview:  It is the intent of federal, state and district policies to provide healthful, tasty, safe meals and snacks to students in a non-discriminatory atmosphere at every SDUSD school.  The basic programs designed to meet these objectives are the regular food service programs, free and reduced-price meals and snacks, and nutrition education.  All aspects of these activities including food sales by student organizations are closely governed by federal and state regulations.


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


Competitive Foods:   In California, any food or beverage sold to students outside of the NSLP and SBP is considered to "compete" with those meals and is referred to as a "competitive food" or beverage.  Districts participating in the USDA meal programs are mandated to establish rules and regulations to control the sale of food in competition with the breakfast and lunch programs.  SDUSD's Administrative Procedure (AP) 2270 was revised to meet all state and federal regulations regarding competitive foods and to ensure that students be given adequate time for meals. 

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition) is a joint program of the California Department of Public Health and the Public Health Institute.  The California Project Lean website has created a California School Foods Standards Calculator that will help school groups make the right decisions  about foods they sell to students: .

               AP 2270

               Quick Reference Guide for Elementary and Secondary Schools


               How to Select Food Sold from High School Student Stores


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.

 Saturday School Guidelines for Principals

 After-School Snack Program: The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) offers reimbursement to Food Services to supply nutritious snacks to children participating in after-school care programs.  To be eligible, an after-school care program must meet the following criteria:

  • The school has at least 50% of the enrolled children are approved for Free or Reduced-Price Meals.
  • The program is operated by a school district or agency that participates in the National School Lunch Program.
  • The purpose of the program is to provide structured, supervised care in an after-school setting.

The program provides children with regularly scheduled education and enrichment activities.  An eligible after-school program must be open to all and cannot limit membership for reasons other than space and security considerations.  (Please Note:  The after-school snack is not available to athletic programs and cannot be served before or during a child’s school day, on weekends, holidays, or during school vacation.)


To apply for after-school snack school Administrators would click on the link below, complete the form and submit to Food Services for approval.