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School Nutrition

School Nutrition at PUC Schools

Schools across the county are finding that more children start the day with school breakfast when they move it out of the cafeteria and after the first bell, making it an integral part of the school day.  These new services models make breakfast participation convenient by serving it in places where children can easily access the meal – in classrooms, hallways, or even later in the morning.

At PUC Schools we believe in supporting the nutritional health and wellness of our students and have implemented a Breakfast in the Classroom and Second Chance Breakfast Model at all PUC Schools.  We participate in the USDA National Lunch Program, providing students with Breakfast, Lunch, and Snacks daily.  In addition, PUC Schools offer “Universal Breakfast”, which provides FREE Breakfast to all students, regardless of eligibility.

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Programs

Universal and Second Chance Breakfast

What is Universal Breakfast?

Universal Breakfast is Offering meals free to all children optimizes the impact of switching to an alternative breakfast model. The traditional means-tested school breakfast (in which the meal is free or the child pays, depending on family income) creates a sense among children that the program is just “for poor kids.” This deters participation by children from all income groups, including low-income children who most need the school meal. This is especially problematic in middle and high school as awareness of the social context grows. By offering breakfast at no charge to all children — and children, of course, are free not to participate — free breakfast for all ends the stigma, boosts participation among hungry children, and eliminates the burden of collecting fees.

If you want to learn more about Universal Breakfast, here is a useful link:
http://frac.org/pdf/frac-facts-offering-free-breakfast-to-all-students.pdf

What is Second Chance Breakfast?

With the Second Chance Breakfast (2CB) model, school breakfast is offered in the morning before school starts and during morning recess or snack/brunch break. 2CB is effective for serving students who, due to family schedules or transportation issues, are not able to eat in the morning before school begins. 2CB is also effective for students who are not hungry first thing in the morning, but do get hungry before lunch. 2CB is one strategy that helps bring the benefits of breakfast to all students.

By serving children when and where they are ready to eat, Second Chance Breakfast benefits students and schools.

National School Lunch Program

What is the National School Lunch Program?

The National School Lunch Program is a federally funded program that assists schools and other agencies in providing nutritious lunches to children at reasonable prices. In addition to financial assistance, the program provides donated commodity foods to help reduce lunch program costs. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)   is responsible for overseeing the program nationally. In California, the program is administered by the California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division.

What are the benefits of participating in the program?

For children, the National School Lunch Program provides a nutritious meal that contains one-third of the recommended dietary allowance of necessary nutrients. For parents, the program offers a convenient method of providing a nutritionally balanced lunch at the lowest possible price. For schools, the program enhances children’s learning abilities by contributing to their physical and mental well being. Studies have shown that children whose nutritional needs are met have fewer attendance and discipline problems and are more attentive in class.

For more information about the NSLP program, please click on the link below:

http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/sn/nslp.asp

Snack Program

After school programs have the option to serve a snack, a meal, or both. All snacks provided to students in the CDE’s After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs or the federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) programs must meet, at a minimum, the California nutrition standards identified below. Furthermore, programs must seek to qualify for a federally funded after school snack or meal program. If snacks are provided through one of the federally reimbursable meal programs, known as child nutrition programs, the food must meet both the federal requirements and the California nutrition standards. Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) reviewers will evaluate the after school program for compliance with the California nutrition standards.

Meals served in after school programs (ASPs) through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) must meet the CACFP nutrition requirements to receive the federal reimbursement for the meals. For flexibility, the CACFP allows School Food Authorities to use either the CACFP or the National School Lunch Program meal pattern. After school meals are not required to comply with the California nutrition standards identified below.

Supper Program

CEI is PUC’s partner in serving and providing supper meals to our students CEI’s Food Program is a nutritious food distribution program offering more than 4,000 suppers and snacks daily to low-income youth and students.

CEI’s Food Program includes two components, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that operates during the school year, and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) that is offered during the summer recess.

CEI serves sites where at least 50% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch in order to assess which areas are most in need.

For more information on our Food Program, and how to help, please email sh@ceisf.org.

About our Vendor

rev_foods_logoPUC partners with Revolution Foods to provide fresh and healthy foods to students. Revolution Foods has been our partner in developing health awareness by leading workshops with our students and families, such as cooking demonstrations and nutrition workshops.

Revolution Foods serves high quality meals and snacks to students across the country. Their food is made by hand in regional culinary centers and delivered to our schools fresh daily.

Revolution Foods was founded in 2007 by two moms who wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids across the nation. The company believes that good nutrition is a cornerstone of providing our youth the nourishment they need to live successful lives, and that everyone deserves access to high quality, nutritious food.

Revolution Foods‘ mission is to build lifelong healthy eaters by making kid-inspired, chef-crafted food accessible to all.

Downloads

Revolution Foods General Information
Look Inside Your Lunch Flyer
Parent FAQs

To learn more about Revolution Foods, visit their website at www.revolutionfoods.com.

Wellness Policy

Due to children’s need to access healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive; PUC Schools and its SCHOOLS members is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of PUC SCHOOLS that:

  • The schools will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing PUC Schools-wide nutrition and physical activity policies.
  • All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
  • Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition recommendations of the S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Qualified child nutrition professionals will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students; will accommodate the religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the student body in meal planning; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to eat.
  • To the maximum extent practicable, all schools in PUC Schools will participate in available federal school meal programs (including the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program [including after-school snacks].
  • Schools will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity, and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.
  • A comprehensive committee, consisting of all PUC stakeholders, will participate in development, monitoring and revision of PUC Schools Wellness Policy.
  • A comprehensive committee, consisting of all PUC stakeholders will assist in menu planning and reporting survey results and data to FSMC or Food Vendor, three times a year.

To download a full copy of the PUC Schools Wellness Policy, please click here.