Food & Nutrition Services Overview

Meals Available to All Students Free of Charge

All students, regardless of their family's income or school of attendance, have the option to eat school meals free of charge. California has become the first state in the nation to permanently fund universal school meals for every public school student. This means families do not need to complete a meal application. 

For the 2021-22 school year, students will have access to 17 nutritious meals per week - breakfast, lunch and supper Monday-Friday, plus lunch for the two weekend days provided in take-home meal bags. 

Elementary & K-8 Schools

  • Breakfast
    Offered in take-home meal bags as students depart for the day intended to be saved for breakfast the next morning before arriving to school.
  • Lunch
    Ready-to-eat, hot lunch will be available for all students free of charge.
    Students will come through the cafeteria to pick up their meals and then walk back to their outdoor eating space.
  • Supper
    Ready-to-eat supper will be available for students participating in Primetime after school programs.
    Supper will be offered to all other students in take-home meal bags as students depart for the day.
  • Take-home meal bags
    Take-home meal bags should be distributed to students as they depart for the day.
    These take-home meal bags will include breakfast for the next day, evening (supper) meals and weekend meals.

Middle & High School

  • Breakfast
    Middle and high schools that previously participated in Nutrition Break will offer breakfast to students during the designated passing period.
    All other middle and high schools will have the option of either offering breakfast before school starts as students enter campus from carts at the school entrances, or offering breakfast in take-home meal bags as students depart for the day intended to be saved for breakfast the next morning before arriving at school.
  • Lunch
    Ready-to-eat, hot lunch will be available for all students free of charge.
    Students will pick up their meals in the cafeteria or café cart on campus to pick up a meal.
    A la carte snack items may also be available for sale.
  • Supper
    Ready-to-eat supper will be available for students participating in 21st Century after school programs.
    Supper will be offered to all other students in take-home meal bags as students depart for the day.
  • Take-home meal bags
    Take-home meal bags should be distributed to students as they depart for the day.
    These take-home meal bags will include breakfast for the next day (if not offered before school or during nutrition break), evening meals, and meals for the weekend.

The Food and Nutrition Services department is committed to providing healthy school meals and snacks to the students of San Diego Unified in order to support student academic success and promote healthful eating habits that lead to lifelong positive nutrition practices. We provide more than 135,000 meals and snacks per day to students and staff throughout the district, and employ more than 1,400 team members.

School meals are served to students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Meals and snacks are also served through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Seamless Summer Option and the Child and Adult Care Feeding Program. Following the nutrition guidelines prescribed by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, we serve whole-grain rich products; low fat and fat free milk; 100% fruit and/or vegetable juices; and a variety of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Contact Information
Revere Center
6735 Gifford Way, Room 5, San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: 858-627-7340, Fax: 858-565-6378