Our Nutrition Standards
The Bottom Line: Students Deserve Real Food
The District's nutrition guidelines apply to all foods and beverages sold or served to students, staff, and families on every PreK – 12 campus and administrative building. District funds can only be used to purchase foods and beverages that meet the Distrcit's nutrition guidelines. This applies to:
- School Meals
- A la carte service in the cafeteria
- Vending machines
- Donated food
- School stores
- Snack bars/concession stands
- Fundraisers on school grounds
- Classroom-based activities
- Staff and parent meetings
- Afterschool programs
Highlights of the guidelines:
- All food and beverages must be prepared from high quality, clean label products.
- All food and beverages must meet nutrition standards for sodium, fat, calories, sugar.
- All food and beverages are free of prohibited ingredients.
Celebration Best Practices
Use these guides to plan fun and healthy celebrations that meet the nutrition guidelines!
Other Holiday Celebration:
- Halloween: English
- Thanksgiving: English
- Winter Holiday: English, Spanish, Chinese
- Lunar New Year: English, Spanish, Chinese
- Valentine's Day: English, Spanish, Chinese
- End of the Year – coming soon
Recipes with Two Thumbs Up:
Parties can be just as fun with healthier alternatives. Check out these delicious treats that are compliant and easy to make!
Fundraising Best Practices
Student‐run fundraising is regulated by both the California Code of Regulations and the SFUSD Nutrition Guidelines. Consider fundraising without food! More resources to come.
Application to Donate, Serve, or Sell Food or Beverages
Individuals, vendors, and community partners who wish to donate, serve, or sell food/beverages to SFUSD students during the school day must complete an application. This application does not need to be completed for one-time events such as fundraisers, school celebrations, classroom parties, or parties who have approved contracts for services with SFUSD’s Student Nutrition Services.
The Good Food Purchasing Policy
On October 24, 2016, SFUSD adopted the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP). The GFPP is a metric-based framework and set of tools that guides organizations to direct their buying power toward suppliers that meet five inter-connected values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition.
SFUSD will work with its suppliers to review products that go into to school meals from farm to fork, and assess how current sourcing aligns with district and GFFP standards.
“In adopting this program, the San Francisco Unified School District voted to lead the nation in using procurement dollars to reflect the values of our district and our city in the areas of local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare and nutrition. It is absolutely the right thing to do.”
-Commissioner Sandra Lee Fewer, the resolution's lead sponsor
School Food Workshops
Contact us at email@example.com to learn more about our school meal programs, Wellness Policy, Nutrition Guidelines, and explore school food!