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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

Food Provider Application (FPA) 

The Food Provider Application is intended for any entity who wishes to sell, donate, or provide food and/or beverages to SFUSD students during the school day on a regular, ongoing basis.  As part of the new wellness policy, the goal of this application is to work collaboratively with all food providers to align nutrition and quality standards for the food and beverages offered to students.  

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.

New and improved process!  You will no longer need to fill out a paper copy.  The application is available online, it's easy and quick!  Click here to complete an application. 

Celebration Best Practices

Use these guides to plan fun and healthy celebrations that meet the nutrition guidelines!

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!

Be Well Food Shopping Guide: Use this handy shopping guide for healthy ideas to bring to school!

Fundraising Best Practices

Student­‐run fundraising is regulated by both the California Code of Regulations and the SFUSD Nutrition Guidelines.   

Planning a food-based fundraiser and want to check if your product meets the nutrition guidelines?  Let SNS help!  Send a picture of the product including: name of product, nutrition facts panel, and ingredient list to

Or consider fundraising without food!  

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



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