Christina Lin, MS, RD
Director, Food Services
(310) 732-0900 x 781
The focus of Food Services is to ensure good healthy eating habits in our students. Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
School Lunch Program Update: Milk and Water
During the 2015-16 school year, the Food Service Department was audited by USDA in an Administrative Review. It is due to their audit findings that water is for sale and no longer free with the meal.
The school lunch consists of 5 components. Protein, Whole Grain bread equivalent, fruit, vegetables and milk. This meal pattern is developed by the Institute of Medicine to insure the healthiest meals possible be served to students. There are two minerals that are lacking in students diets across the nation, at most grade levels and in most economic situations. Those two nutrients are Calcium and Iron. The primary source of the Calcium is the milk. Also there are two vitamins that are lacking in students diets and those are Vitamin A and Vitamin C. The milk is a primary source of Vitamin A.
Water is not part of the school meal pattern. USDA considered the water a “GIFT OF PUBLIC FUNDS” and will not allow the Food Service Department to spend School Meal money to give away free water.
The USDA also felt that giving the water to students reduced the number of students drinking milk and therefore our meals were less nutrient dense than required by Federal Regulations.
The District has been working to install water filling stations at the school sites and ensuring that all water fountains are clean, sanitary with good flowing water.
Water is for sale at every school site in addition to the fountains.
If your child is lactose intolerant, please complete a medical form with the school nurse and we can accommodate with orange juice if the doctor recommends.
Additional information from the California Department of Education: "Drinking Water in Schools" Click Here
Gold Star Foods, Inc. Contract for Distribution of Frozen and Refrigerated Foods, August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018