Nutrition for Health and Learning
Good health supports student learning and good nutrition supports good health. East Side Union High School District makes a nourishing lunch available to all students, based on California Department of Education nutrition guidelines. These guidelines take into account the California Daily Food Guide published by the Department of Health Services.
School lunches must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that no more than 30 percent of an individual's calories come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Regulations also establish a standard for school lunches to provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories.
School lunches must meet Federal nutrition requirements, but decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities.
Free and Reduced Price Meals
East Side Union High School District provides free or reduced price lunches to needy students, so that every student has an opportunity to be properly nourished during the school day.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
For Free and Reduced Price Meal application materials in multiple languages, please CLICK HERE. If you need help, a school district representative will be happy to help you fill out the form -- please e-mail or phone 408-347-5191.