3550 BP - Food Service Program

Business and Noninstructional Operations
Board Policy No. 3550
Policy adopted: October 17, 2013

FOOD SERVICE/CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM

The Governing Board recognizes that adequate, nourishing food is essential to student health, development and ability to learn. The Superintendent or designee shall develop strategies to increase students’ access to the district’s food service programs and to maximize their participation on available programs.

Food and beverages available through the district’s food services program shall:

  1. Be carefully selected so as to contribute to students’ nutritional well-being and the prevention of disease
  2. Meet nutritional standards specified in law and administrative regulation
  3. Be prepared in ways that will appeal to students, retain nutritive quality and foster lifelong healthful eating habits
  4. Be served in age-appropriate quantities
  5. Be available to students who meet federal eligibility criteria at no cost or at reduced prices, and to other students at reasonable prices.

The district’s food service program shall give priority to serving unprocessed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables.

To encourage student participation in school meal programs, schools may offer multiple choices of food items within a meal service, provided all food items meet nutrition standards and all students are given an opportunity to select any food item.

The Superintendent or designee may invite students and parents/guardians in the selection of foods of good nutritional quality for school menus.
The Board desires to provide students with adequate time and space to eat meals. To the extent possible, school, recess, and transportation schedules shall be designed to encourage participation in school meal programs.

The Superintendent or designee shall periodically review the adequacy of school facilities for cafeteria eating and food preparation.

In accordance with law, the Superintendent or designee shall develop and maintain a food safety program in order to reduce the risk of foodborne hazards at each step of the food preparation process, from receiving to service.

The Superintendent or designee shall annually report to the Board on student participation in the district’s nutrition programs and the extent to which the district’s food services program meets state and federal nutrition standards for foods and beverages.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

35182.5 Contracts, non-nutritious beverages
38080-38103 Cafeteria, establishment and use
45103.5 Contracts for management consulting services; restrictions
49430-49436 Pupil Nutrition, Health, and Achievement Act of 2001
49490-49494 School breakfast and lunch programs
49500-49505 School meals
49510-49520 Nutrition
49530-49536 Child Nutrition Act
49540-49546 Child care food program
49547-49548.3 Comprehensive nutrition services
49550-49561 Meals for needy students
49570 National School Lunch Act
HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
113700-114437 California Retail Food Code
CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5
15510 Mandatory meals for needy students
15530-15535 Nutrition education
15550-15565 School lunch and breakfast programs
15566-15568 California Fresh Start Program
UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42
1751-1769h School lunch programs, including:
1751 Note Local wellness policy
1771-1791 Child nutrition, especially:
1773 School breakfast program
CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 7
210.1-210.31 National School Lunch Program
220.1-220.21 National School Breakfast Program

 


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