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School Meal Services (Parent Student Handbook)

2018-19 Parent Student Handbook

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  • What school meals are available for my child?

Food Services

(559) 457-6250

School Meal Services

The Fresno Unified School District offers breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students regardless of income levels. This reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps insure that all students receive nutritious meals. This practice further supports the Districts efforts to eliminate all barriers to student learning and helps ensure students are not hungry at school while they are trying to learn.

This change is the result of the district implementing the Community Eligibility Provision, a new option available to schools under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. The Community Eligibility Provision is for high-poverty schools to expand access to free school meals while reducing paperwork and streamlining meal service operation. Meal Applications will no longer be required.

The goal of the Food Services Department is to provide nutritious, appetizing meals to help students do their best in school each day.

Food Services

E.C. 49590

The State Department of Education shall ensure that the nutrition levels of the meals served to school-age children pursuant to the National School Lunch Act be the highest quality and greatest nutritional value possible.

Further information regarding school nutrition may be found in E.C. 49430-49436, and the Duffy-Moscone Family Nutrition Education and Services Act of 1970. E.C. 49510-49520

Fresno Unified has a modern and state of the art Nutrition Center at 4480 North Brawley, that provides meals to 105 school sites.

Senate Bill 12 Fact Sheet

Signed into Law September 15, 2005

Food Standards for Schools: SB 12 strengthens and implements food standards of individually sold snacks and individually sold entrées and the appropriate calorie intake of both.

Definitions

Elementary School

A public school maintaining any grade from kindergarten to grade 6, inclusive, but no grade higher than 6.

Middle School

Any public school maintaining grades 7 or 8, 7 to 9, inclusive, or 7 to 10, inclusive.

High School

Any public school maintaining any of grades 10 to 12, inclusive.

Full Meal

Any combination of food items that meet USDA-approved reimbursable meal pattern requirements.

Sold

The exchange of food for money, coupons, or vouchers.

Entrée

A food that is generally regarded as being the primary food in a meal, and shall include, but not be limited to, sandwiches, burritos, pasta, and pizza.

Snack

A food that is generally regarded as supplementing a meal, including but not limited to, crackers, French fries, cookies, string cheese and graham crackers.

Elementary Schools – the following foods may be sold to pupils:

  1. Full meals; provided full meals meet USDA meal pattern requirements:
  2. A La Carte Entrees may not be sold in elementary school;
  3. Individually sold portions of nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs, cheese packaged for individual sale, fruit, vegetables that have not been deep fried, and legumes;
  4. Individually sold dairy items and whole grain food items if they meet all of the following standards:
    • Not more than 35% of its total calories shall be from fat;
    • Not more than 10 % of its total calories shall be from saturated fat;
    • Not more than 35% of its total weight shall be composed of sugar, including naturally occurring and added sugar; and
    • Not more than 175 calories per individual food item;
  5. Non-compliant foods may be sold provided:
    • The items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place off of and away form school premises; or
    • The items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place ½ hour after the end of the school day until midnight.

Middle, Junior or High School – the following foods may be sold to pupils:

  1. Snacks, except food served as part of the USDA meal program, shall meet all of the following standards:
    • Not more than 35% of its total calories shall be from fat. Nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs, cheese packaged for individual sale, fruits, vegetables that have not been deep fried, or legumes, are exempt;
    • Not more than 10% of its total calories shall be from saturated fat. Eggs or cheese packaged for individual sale, are exempt;
    • Not more than 35% of its total weight shall be composed of sugar, including naturally occurring and added sugar. Fruits and vegetables that have not been deep fried, are exempt; and
    • Not more than 200 calories per individual food item.
  2. Entrée items, except food served as part of a USDA meal program shall:
    • Contain no more than 400 calories per entrée; and
    • Contain no more than 4 grams of fat per 100 calories contained in each entrée, and shall be categorized as entrée items in the School Breakfast or National School Lunch Programs.
  3. Non-compliant foods may be sold provided:
    • The sale of those items takes place off of and away from school premises; or
    • The sale of those items takes place on school premises at least one-half hour after the end of the school day until midnight
    • The sale of those items occurs during a school-sponsored pupil activity a 1/2 hour after the end of the school day until midnight.

Senate Bill 965 Fact Sheet

Signed into Law September 15, 2007

Assuring Nutritious Drinks in California Schools: SB 965 describes the type of beverages that can be sold in elementary, middle, and high schools in California.

Definitions

Added Sweetener

Any additive that enhances the sweetness of the beverage, including added sugar, but does not include the natural sugar(s) that are contained within the fruit juice which is a component of the beverage.

Sale of Beverages

The exchange of a beverage for money, coupons, or vouchers.

Elementary Schools – the following beverages may be sold to pupils:

  1. Regardless of the time of day:
    • Fruit-based drinks that are composed of no less than 50% fruit juice and have no added sweetener;
    • Vegetable-based drinks that are composed of no less than 50% vegetable juice and have no added sweetener;
    • Drinking water with no added sweetener; and
    • Two-percent-fat milk, one-percent-fat milk, nonfat milk, soy milk, rice milk, and other similar nondairy milk.
  2. Non-compliant beverages may be sold provided:
    • The items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place off of and away from school premises; or
    • The items are sold by pupils of the school, and the sale of those items takes place at least one-half hour after the end of the school day until midnight.

Middle/Junior High School – the following beverages may be sold to pupils:

  1. Regardless of the time of day:
    • Fruit-based drinks that are composed of no less than 50% fruit juice and have no added sweetener;
    • Vegetable-based drinks that are composed of no less than 50% vegetable juice and have no added sweetener;
    • Drinking water with no added sweetener; and
    • One-percent-fat milk, nonfat milk, soy milk, rice milk, and other similar nondairy milk;
  2. Non-compliant beverages may be sold as part of a school event provided:
    • The sale occurs during a school-sponsored event and takes place at the location of that event at least one-half hour after the end of the school day until midnight; and
    • Vending machines, student stores, and cafeterias selling non-compliant beverages are used later than one-half hour after the end of the school day until midnight.
  3. Non-compliant beverages may be sold one-half hour after the end of the school day until midnight.

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