Student Menus, Nutrition & Allergen Information
Encinitas USD Child Nutrition Services is committed to serving the healthiest meals around! We focus on scratch-made entrees that feature locally sourced produce and proteins, often grown on our own certified organic Farm Lab. We serve responsibly-sourced, sustainably raised meats whenever possible. Our pizza is made fresh in house, with a whole grain pizza dough made fresh daily and pizza sauce made with Farm Lab organic tomatoes, bell peppers and herbs. EUSD participates in the National School Lunch Program. With the adoption of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, EUSD has continued to improve the nutrient content of the meals it serves.
We are proud to be able to provide students, parents, and community partners with the information that will allow our students to make educated choices regarding their school meals. All menu, nutrition information and allergens can be found on www.schoolcafe.com. The information provided on School Café is based on current information from manufacturers and Encinitas USD recipes.
Please be aware that there are factors that may affect a product’s actual nutritional value and/or ingredient composition at any given time – our central kitchen may make a dietitian-approved menu substitution; manufacturers’ formulations may change without notice; USDA products may become available at any time during the year and may replace a purchased item; product brands may change during the year; shortages or failed deliveries may result in menu substitutions; and recipes may change during the school year.
Snacks are sold at all nine school sites during lunch time. EUSD has chosen a handful of healthy snacks for students to choose from, including fruit, string cheese, whole grain popcorn, and pretzels. Snacks can be purchased with cash or charged to a student account that has a positive balance.
All snacks are compliant with California regulations and the Smart Snacks federal regulations. These rigorous standards for food and beverages sold “A la Carte” (outside the reimbursable meal program) apply to students from kindergarten though grade six. All beverages sold have no added sugar, and bottled water is for sale at all school sites.
Special Diets & Food Allergies
If your child requires a special diet provided daily by the school cafeteria, a Request for a Special Meal form must be filled out in English by a U.S. licensed physician indicating the medical necessity and must be sent to Encinitas USD Child Nutrition Department. All special diet requests must be filled out and signed by a U.S. licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner. Special meal accommodations must be turned in every school year, they do not roll over from the previous school year.
Please send all forms directly to Lea Bonelli, MS RD, Child Nutrition Director via email firstname.lastname@example.org, mail or drop off with your school nurse.
EUSD Child Nutrition tries to provide a variety of meals that meet the needs of each student in the district. Gluten free meals are offered throughout the week and can be found on the menu with the symbol. This includes entrees like Bean & Cheese Pupusas, Tamales, Most Gluten free entrées are gluten free without the bread/bun/tortilla/etc. Corn tortillas available upon request. Items may be processed in a facility that also processes nuts and other allergens. We serve gluten free items but our kitchens are not gluten free facilities.
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