Food Services News
California Food for California Kids
California Thursdays™ is a new program offering food that is freshly prepared and California-grown. The pilot program starts on October 23, 2014 at 27 elementary schools with plans to expand throughout the district.
Fall 2014 Menus
To view our latest menus click here for Elementary menus Fall 2014 and click here for Secondary lunch menu for Fall 2014.
All meals are served with our new 2014 salad bar menu. This year’s menu has been designed specifically to serve local, fresh and seasonal foods. In addition our salad bars will be serving garden grown foods at select sites. To learn more contact the Farm to School Specialist.
Enjoy Your Salad Bar Every Day!
We are the second largest school district in California.
59.43 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced-priced meals.
Each day, the San Diego Unified School District prepares and serves:
School Menus on Your Mobile Phone!
Download New Menu App Today. It's Free!
- See what's on the menu today, tomorrow or anytime
- Breakfast, lunch and supper menus for each SDUSD school
- Nutrient and allergen data
- Survey module to rate each dish
- Available on iOS and Android devices
To download either scan the QR code below or search for YumYummi Digital School Menus on your Google Play or Apple App Stores.
Thank you to The California Endowment who funded the development of the app.
Food and Nutrition Services
Food and Nutrition Services is committed to providing healthy school meals and snacks to the students of the San Diego Unified School District. The team of dedicated food and nutrition professionals supports student academic success and promotes healthful eating habits that lead to lifelong positive nutrition practices.
School meals are served to students under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program and follow the nutrition guidelines prescribed by The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The law was designed to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity by providing healthier choices to students. To learn more about school meal regulations visit www.traytalk.org Food Services has embraced the new regulations but were already positioned to be in compliance since there are salad bars in each of our schools.
These standards include:
• Increased produce options, ensuring that students receive both fruits and vegetables every day of the week.
• A ban on unhealthy trans fats.
• Portion size guidelines and calorie limits based on the age of children served.
• Increased emphasis on whole grain products.
• Limits on the types of milk served, with an emphasis on low fat (1%) and non-fat varieties.
• Reductions in sodium levels to be phased in over several years.
Meals and snacks are also served through the Seamless Summer Feeding Option and the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program, both United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) supported programs. Meals are also vended to childcare centers, private schools, charter schools and other organizations located in San Diego. For more details on our breakfast, lunch and snack programs, click here: descriptions of meal programs.
The Food Services Department's supporting programs have added important dimensions to our basic programs.
- The Farm to School program gives us fresh locally grown foods that simultaneously nourish our children and support our local farmers and communities, and educate students about where their food comes from.
- The Breakfast in the Classroom program serves over 30,000 breakfasts a day to students right at their desks insuring that they are given the nutritional boost they need to be ready to learn.
- The Summer Fun Café brings healthy lunches and snacks to children during the summer when school is not in session. Studies indicate the summer lunch program helps to bridge the summer learning gap.
- The new Supper program serves late afternoon meals to students in San Diego Unified School District's Primetime program.
- Breakfast meals are available to students mandated to attend Saturday School.
To provide healthy meals daily to students, preparing them to learn and guiding them in the process to develop positive life-long eating habits.
To meet USDA and State nutritional guidelines.
Continue to expand program access to student meals.
To remain a financially self-sufficient department.
To continue to look for partnerships and coalitions among public and private sectors to enhance programs and quality of food.
SDUSD's meal programs have received national recognition and many awards for their innovation and quality of service. With the new meal regulations we continue to raise the standards of school food. The café concepts of the two main meal programs, Kid's Choice Café in elementary schools and SanDi Coast Café in secondary schools, present a healthy, attractive, convenient and fun atmosphere for students.
Breakfast in the Classroom
With Breakfast in the Classroom, students in selected San Diego Unified Schools get breakfast with their first lessons of the day, every day. Read more.
Kid's Choice Café
Kid’s Choice Café is an elementary school healthy-choice breakfast and lunch program that encourages students to choose foods wisely and establish lifelong positive eating habits. Read more.
SanDi Coast Café
SanDi Coast Café is a new concept in service and menu choices introduced for the 2009-10 school year. It offers a wide variety of choices to encourage students to have a healthy breakfast and lunch. Read more.
Summer Fun Café
San Diego Unified School District partners with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department and Community Organiztions to bring the US Department of Agriculture's "Seamless Summer Feeding Option" to local children during the summer. Read more.
Farm to School
Farm to School connects students to San Diego farmers by sourcing and serving locally grown and when possible organic foods at lunch and/or snack time. Local foods are served district wide at all grade levels and grown within 150 miles of SDUSD by small family farmers. Read More.
We comply with local, state, and federal health and safety regulations. To review the most recent health inspection reports, contact SDUSD Food Services Department at (858) 627-7301.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race,color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.
(Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html
, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at email@example.com.Individuals
who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.