Nutrition Guidelines & Wellness Policy

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SFUSD Nutrition Guidelines

The SFUSD Nutrition Guidelines, developed by Student Nutrition Services (SNS) with input from child nutrition experts, describe the standards for all foods and beverages sold or served in school. These guidelines were updated in 2019 to provide more culturally relevant meals, incorporate current research and best practices around child nutrition, provide more guidance for adults, and to serve as a better resource. 

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Where do the Guidelines Apply?

The Nutrition Guidelines apply to all foods and beverages sold or served to students, staff, and families during the school day starting from midnight before to thirty minutes after the end of the regularly scheduled afterschool programs. This includes but is not limited to:

  • À la carte service in the cafeteria
  • After school programs
  • Celebrations
  • Classroom-based activities
  • Donated food
  • Field trips
  • Fundraisers 
  • Rewards
  • School meals
  • School stores
  • Snack bars and concession stands
  • Snacks
  • Staff and parent meeting
  • Vending machines

SFUSD Wellness Policy

SFUSD's Wellness Policy provides all schools with a framework to actively promote the health and wellness of students, staff, and families. SFUSD’s Wellness Policy is aligned with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. The policy is meant to inspire and empower a shift in culture that will increase healthy eating and physical activity among our students by creating environments that support healthy choices.

Download the Wellness Policy (Español | 中文)
Be Well Booklet on SFUSD Wellness Policy (Español | 中文)

Wellness Resources

We've gathered these resources to share wellness-based activities and ideas for hosting healthy celebrations and fundraisers.

Ceremonious Celebrations

Fun Fundraisers

Happy Hydration

Nutritious Nourishment

Nutrition and Wellness Activities

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 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.

Submit the application.