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SFUSD Nutrition Guidelines

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:

  • Snacks
  • Celebrations
  • 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!

End of School Celebrations: English, Spanish, Chinese

Other Holiday Celebration:

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 to learn more about our school meal programs, Wellness Policy, Nutrition Guidelines, and explore school food!



Elementary  Students

(PreK-5 & PreK-8)

Secondary Students (Middle & High)



1 category of food that meets nutrition guidelines

Up to 3 category of food that meet nutrition guidelines

Any Food.

How Many:

4 sales per year

1 student organization per day*

with administrator's approval**





After lunchtime







After lunchtime




·         30 minutes following afterschool programs - midnight

·         Weekends

·         Holidays


On school campus

On school campus

On school campus