3.9.4 Student Nutrition Services (SNS)

Student Nutrition Services (SNS)

Providing healthy & nutritious meals to students in our Early Education and TK-12 schools

Student Nutrition Services (SNS) is committed to providing students the equitable support they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond, by keeping them nourished along the way. We strive to create a student-centered, equitable, and financially stable school food ecosystem with thriving employees that provides dignified meal experiences and engages all students in a positive food culture. 

In 2009, SFUSD’s Board of Education passed the “Feed Every Hungry Child” resolution, formalizing our commitment to ensure students are not denied school meals despite any inability to pay. The District’s nutrition guidelines meet or exceed the standards outlined in Federal, State, and local policies established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and California Department of Education (CDE). We align our procurement practices with the Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP), supporting our commitment to the health and equity of our students and our food system.

Our operations are funded through reimbursements from Federal and State governments, local sales, and the SFUSD General Fund. Our innovation projects are funded by the Someland Foundation, No Kid Hungry, the San Francisco Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax and SF 2016 General Obligation Bond.

As of the 2021-22 school year, school meals are available for free to all students, regardless of their family’s income.

See chapter 3.9.5 for the Multipurpose Family Income Form to determine eligibility for free or reduced school benefits.

Contact Us

Website: www.sfusd.edu/schoolfood

Office location: 841 Ellis St. San Francisco, CA 94109

Email: SchoolLunch@sfusd.edu 

Phone: (415) 749-3604

Follow us on social media: @SFUSDschoolfood


What Food Is Served at School?

We provide breakfast, lunch, and snack programs.  Supper is available at afterschool programs. View menus at www.sfusd.edu/menus.

Every day we strive to provide access throughout the school day to food that is healthy, culturally diverse, affordable, fair, sustainable and loved by students. Meals include various entrées, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a choice of 1% or fat-free milk. We strive to source local and sustainable products whenever possible, including California-grown produce and products from local small businesses.

We’re moving towards more freshly prepared food in the district. At our middle and high schools, we’re upgrading equipment and training staff to prepare more meals in-house. 

SFUSD partners with Revolution Foods to provide meals to schools with limited kitchen facilities. Revolution Foods sources high-quality ingredients and all meals are free of artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, MSG, benzoates, bromates, sulfites, hydrogenated fat, BHA, BHT, TBHQ and sodium nitrites/nitrates.

Nutrition Guidelines

All meals served at school meet and exceed state and federal standards designed to fuel your students throughout the day. See our guidelines at www.sfusd.edu/bewell.

Special Dietary Needs

SFUSD menus do not contain peanuts or tree nuts, artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives. However, we do bring in products that may be produced in facilities that handle and process nuts, so we cannot guarantee that meals are completely free of traces of nuts, or nut residue. For more information about Nutrients and Special Dietary Needs, including allergies and milk substitutions, visit www.sfusd.edu/specialmeals.


San Francisco Unified is the second school district in the nation to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), a 5-value framework that uses the power of procurement to promote transparent and equitable food practices. As the largest public food provider in San Francisco, Student Nutrition Services has the opportunity to participate in a national shift toward a healthier food system. Learn more at www.goodfoodpurchasing.org.

This page was last updated on August 14, 2021