Programs

Our meal programs have received national recognition and many awards for their innovation and quality of service. We continue to raise the standards of school food with meal program concepts that present a healthy, attractive, convenient and fun atmosphere for students.

Farm to School 

Farm to Schoool

 At its core, Farm to School is about establishing relationships between local foods and school children by way of including local products in school meals; incorporating local foods related curriculum in the classroom;  and providing development and experiential learning opportunities through school gardens, farm tours, farmer in the classroom sessions, chefs in the classroom, culinary education, educational sessions for parents and  community members, and visits to farmers’ markets.Farm to School is a program that connects students and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias; improving student nutrition;  providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities; and supporting local and regional farmers.
 
 San Diego Unified works to purchase as much organic, local, regional and California grown food as possible using the following definitions:
  • San Diego Local: Grown or raised within San Diego County 
  • Regionally Grown: Grown or raised within 250 miles of San Diego County and is within the state of California
  • California Grown: Grown or raised within the state of California

Harvest of the Month

Each month, a new seasonal, locally grown fruit or vegetable is served on school salad bars every Wednesday for Harvest of the Month.  Teachers can show our five-minute “Virtual Farm Field Trip Videos” to their students in the classroom as a quick and easy lesson about eating healthy and eating local. San Diego Unified Food & Nutrition Services creates these videos in-house. 

Meet Our Farmers

Did you know that San Diego County has more organic farms than any other county in the nation? We are proud to have such a rich agricultural tradition here in Southern California that is still growing strong. We are very lucky to be surrounded by farm partners who can grow amazing things like organic avocados, kumquats and persimmons for our students. 

Meet the farmers who provide local and sustainable products for our menus.
 

Garden to Café

Through Farm to School, we also offer a Garden to Café program, which allows school gardens to serve fresh garden grown foods as part of the school meal program. In order to participate, schools must become certified. Learn more.

California Thursdays

 

California Thursdays

California Thursdays is a program that provides students at all district schools the option to eat delicious, healthy meals made entirely from California-grown food every Thursday. With the help of our local farmer and purveyor partners, we are able to provide our students with the highest quality California products. Some of our California products include our free range, antibiotic free, air chilled Mary’s chicken from Pitman farms, baked Tofu from San Diego Soy Dairy, Honey Mustard sauce made at San Diego based Green Bellies, milk from Hollandia Dairy located in San Jacinto, and fresh produce sourced from local farms through our Farm to School program.
 
San Diego Unified is the largest California Thursdays district in the state with wholesome California meals being served to more than 250 educational facilities. 
  

Breakfast in the Classroom

Breakfast in the Classroom

 The Breakfast in the Classroom program ensures students start the day right by serving nutritious breakfast right at their desks. Studies have shown that kids who miss breakfast also miss learning. While some      schools have offered breakfast for many years, Breakfast in the Classroom ensures that students eat breakfast by making it part of class time.
 
 Breakfast in the Classroom is only available at schools in which 80 percent or more of the students qualify for the federal government's Free and Reduced Lunch Program. San Diego Unified currently serves more than  30,000 breakfasts each day across more than 52 schools with Breakfast in the Classroom. 
 

Kid's Choice CaféKids Choice Cafe

Kid's Choice Café is an elementary healthy-choice breakfast and lunch program that encourages students to choose foods wisely establishing lifelong positive eating habits. Kid’s Choice Café is in each of the district’s 132 elementary schools, and promotes the theme “It’s Cool to Eat at School.”
 
At lunch, students make a choice from three entrées and then go to a salad bar to make selections of salad, vegetables and fruits. A monthly "Harvest of the Month" fruit or vegetable is offered to add a bit of excitement. When available, fresh local fruits and vegetables are incorporated into the entrées and/or salad bar through the Farm to School initiative.
 
A Kid’s Choice Café lunch is $2.25 unless the student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals. Kid’s Choice Café menus are distributed to each student and posted on the Food and Nutrition Services digital menu app.
 

SanDi Coast Café  

SanDi Coast Cafe

SanDi Coast Café is a secondary school service and menu concept that offers a wide variety of choices to encourage students to have a healthy breakfast and lunch. SanDi Coast Café embraces the Southern California lifestyle and cuisine with:
  • A new attitude toward serving food to students - offering fresher food faster and more conveniently
  • A focus on the customer with new menu items served at themed kiosks located around campus
  • A new and much easier way to pay for meals used by all students
The menu offers something for everyone. Whether you enjoy a popular hamburger at Surf Side Classics or try the Asian inspired chicken bowl at the Wok n’ Bowl, students’ choices have expanded and part of the fun is to try everything. Themed carts have improved access for all students, and are grouped in convenient locations making it easy to check out all that is offered. Enjoy sandwiches and salads at the SanDi Fresh Bistro, find a collection of Italian favorites such as pizza and pasta bowls at Riga Tony’s, the Hi-Tide Grill features grilled burgers and hot dogs, and at Baja Beach there’s a great bean and cheese burrito. Vegetarian choices are offered daily.
 

Summer Fun CaféSummer Fun Cafe

Summer is a difficult nutritional time for many children. Not only does food insecurity increase among low income families during the summer months, but children are also at a greater risk for obesity as they lose access to school meals they rely on during the school year. San Diego Unified’s Summer Fun Café gives children the nutritious meals they need to keep hunger at bay and remain healthy throughout the summer.
 
By partnering with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department and community  organizations, the Summer Fun Café also supports the community’s other summer programs and helps draw children into educational, enrichment and recreational activities that keep them learning, engaged, active and safe during school vacation.
 
The summer meal program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Seamless Summer Option, and requires no paperwork or income qualifications. Children 18 years and younger eat free, and adults may purchase meals at community BBQs for $2.00.
 
Summer Fun Café serves approximately 250,000 meals and snacks at 58 sites throughout the district. The sites are located in areas that have a 50 percent or higher Free and Reduced-Price qualification rate.
 
Click here for a complete list of sites for this year. Watch our promotional video to see how the program works.  
 

SanDi Coast Catering

SanDi Coast Catering provides fine catering services at reasonable prices for schools, district departments, and parent and community organizations holding school events. Our professional staff is ready to meet your every need, large or small. Please take a look at our menu brochure and price list to use in making your selections. Located at Gompers Academy - 1005 47th Street, San Diego, CA 9210 • Telephone: 619/262-0817• Fax: 619/269-8289 • Cell: 619/990-3499 • E-mail: catering@sandi.net

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