Competitive Foods

In California, any food or beverage sold to students outside of the NSLP and SBP is considered to "compete" with those meals and is referred to as a "competitive food" or beverage. Districts participating in the USDA meal programs are mandated to establish rules and regulations to control the sale of food in competition with the breakfast and lunch programs. San Diego Unified's Administrative Procedure 2270 was revised to meet all state and federal regulations regarding competitive foods and to ensure that students be given adequate time for meals.

USDA National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program

It is the intent of federal, state and district policies to provide healthful, tasty, safe meals and snacks to students in a non-discriminatory atmosphere at every San Diego Unified school. The basic programs designed to meet these objectives are the regular food service programs, free and reduced-price meals and snacks, and nutrition education. All aspects of these activities, including food sales by student organizations, are closely governed by federal and state regulations. 

Meals are served to students under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), the Seamless Summer Feeding Option (SSFO), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The programs provide money to public school districts and county superintendents of schools that serve nutritious meals, free or at a reduced price, to needy children, in compliance with state law. The program is administered by the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division. 

California Education Code Section 49550 requires all public school districts and county superintendents of schools to make available, free or at a reduced price, one nutritionally adequate meal to each needy student every school day. A needy student is one who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, according to specific family size and income standards. This requirement is commonly referred to as the "state meal mandate." 

Saturday School Procedures

Breakfast meals are available to students mandated to attend Saturday School. Breakfast meals are provided at no cost to students certified free or reduced-price status. Students in the paid status will be charged $1.00 for breakfast. Contact the Saturday School Administration/Teacher at your student's school to request meals.