Child Nutrition 23/24

Summer Hunger?
Text “food” or “comida” to 877-877, and you will receive a prompt to reply with your address or zip code. This service pulls active summer meal sites from a U.S. Department of Agriculture database and sends you a list of nearby locations.
Breakfast and Lunch are free for all students.  To participate in the meal program please start an account for your student by:
2)  adding your student and
3)  completing the alternative income verification (Income Form INSTRUCTIONS).
 
In addition, please consider adding funds to your student’s account. Any student who gets a SECOND MEAL or more will be charged!

QUESTIONS ABOUT SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAMS? Consider checking out the California Department of Education, Child Nutrition programs website here! All school feeding programs must follow caloric limitations like the following:

  • ½ to 1 cup of fruit per day
  • ¾ to 1 cup of vegetables per day
  • 1-2 ounces of whole grains per day
  • 1-2 ounces of meat or meat alternatives per day
  • 1 cup of milk per day (2 fat contents and 2 flavors must be offered)
  • Calorie limits of 550-850 calories per meal
  • Fat, sugar, and sodium limits daily

 Lunch meal pattern requirements can be found here, and breakfast requirements are here.

Want to know about SUGAR? Here is the new rules on sugar limits in school foods: https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/school-nutrition-standards-updates/added-sugars

This rule proposes a two-phase approach for limiting added sugars in the school lunch and breakfast programs.  

  1. Product-based limits: Beginning in the school year (SY) 2025-26, the rule proposes limits on products that are the leading sources of added sugars in school meals:  
    1. Grain-based desserts (cereal bars, doughnuts, sweet rolls, toaster pastries, coffee cakes, and fruit turnovers) would be limited to no more than 2-ounce equivalents per week in school breakfast, consistent with the current limit for school lunch.  
    2. Breakfast cereals would be limited to no more than 6 grams of added sugars per dry ounce. This would apply to CACFP as well, replacing the current total sugar limit. 
    3. Yogurts would be limited to no more than 12 grams of added sugars per 6 ounces.  
    4. Flavored milk would be limited to no more than 10 grams of added sugars per 8 fluid ounces for milk served with school lunch or breakfast. For flavored milk sold outside of the meal (as a competitive beverage for middle and high school students), the limit would be 15 grams of added sugars per 12 fluid ounces.  
  2. Overall weekly limit: Beginning in SY 2027-28, this rule proposes limiting added sugars to an average of less than 10% of calories per meal, for both school breakfasts and lunches. This weekly limit would be in addition to the product-based limits described above.  

Los Gatos Union School District, Loma Prieta Joint Union School District, Mountain Elementary School District, and Lakeside Joint School District all currently share similar menus that can be found here. Many menu items include a link to the recipe and nutritional breakdown.

We reserve the right to change menu items when needed due to supply chain issues, power outages, staffing, and weather.

Do you have a lunch account balance for an outgoing 8th grader? Consider requesting your refund by emailing Kerry Billner at [email protected]. Be sure to confirm your mailing address and the student's full name. 
Want a healthy way to reward kids? Here's some resources!
Need food this summer? Click here for locations near you!
 
For more information on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Affordable Connectivity Program/ACP) which provides eligible households living on tribal lands funds toward technology, see the links below:
  • GetInternet.gov—a one-stop shop to learn about ACP, check eligibility, enroll, and find fully covered internet plans.
  • ACP Outreach Toolkit—outreach materials from the Federal Communications Commission, including sample factsheets, flyers, PSAs, text messages, social media posts, and more.
  • Outreach partners can request the pre-qualification widget to embed on their own websites by emailing [email protected] with the subject line ACP Widget for technical support. In the email, please include the web address where you plan to add the widget. The interactive widget includes questions to check eligibility and apply for ACP.
  • White House Fact Sheet on the ACP and its benefits.