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FREE Summer Lunches for Kids
June 22 to August 28, 2015.
All children 18 years and younger are welcome. There is no paperwork or income qualifications. See complete listing of locations at the link above. Don't miss this great opportuntiyt to enjoy healthy food, engage in active play and have fun!
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.
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.
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.