Child Nutrition Services
- Menus, Nutrition & Allergens
- Program Overview
- Meal Applications
- Meals for Field Trips
- Student Wellness
- School Cafe
Menus, Meal Service, Nutrition, & Allergen Information
Free Meals Available to EUSD Students for the 2021-22 SY!
Free meals will be available to all enrolled EUSD students for the 2021-22 school year! This includes free daily Lunch at all 9 school sites and free breakfast every morning at Paul Ecke Central and Ocean Knoll Elementary.
What Makes EUSD's Lunch Program Different ?
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. Our daily unlimited salad bars are a main focus of our school lunch, packed with local and organic produce for students to choose from. Often featuring organic EUSD Farm Lab grown produce, local fruits and vegetables and a variety of other toppings.
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.
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, Physician's Assistant or Nurse Practitioner indicating the medical necessity and must be sent to Encinitas USD Child Nutrition Department. .
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, and Yogurt with Gluten Free granola. Some 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.
Child Nutrition Services & Green Garden Cafe
Inspired by the thriving gardens found at our nine EUSD schools and our very own certified organic Farm Lab, Green Garden Cafe was created to serve students fresh food that they need to grow and succeed. From organic Farm Lab produce on the salad bar to sustainably sourced proteins, Green Garden Cafe is providing students with nourishing foods that you can feel good about.
Child Nutrition is committed to providing healthy foods with the highest quality ingredients possible to students in the district. We strictly source the food that we serve to our students, never using ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and additives, hormones and antibiotics in animal production and artificial sweeteners. Our goal is to serve the highest quality, best tasting, healthiest meals possible!
Our student lunch menus change monthly, featuring a variety of seasonal and local scratch-made entrees. Check out our lunch menus to see the selections offered to students each day. An unlimited salad bar is available with every school meal. The daily salad bar includes organic lettuce sourced from local and regional farms, Harvest of the Month produce on Wednesdays and a variety of salad dressings (including gluten free options). Some of our more popular, freshly-made entrees include:
- Pasta Bolognese: made with organic grass fed beef from Marin Sun Farms in Northern California and pasta sauce made with organic tomatoes and herbs from the EUSD Farm Lab.
- Scratch-made Pizzas of all kinds: dough made fresh daily in our kitchen using whole wheat flour and marinara sauce made with organic tomatoes and herbs from the EUSD Farm Lab.
- Chicken Fajita Tacos: organic free-range chicken from Marin Sun Farms in Northern California seasoned with our special house blend of spices, served on a corn or flour tortilla and topped with roasted bell peppers.
- EUSD “California” Burrito: our spin on a California burrito, made with grass fed organic beef and Farm lab organic roasted sweet potatoes.
- Scratch-made burritos, pastas and sandwiches are a huge hit with students as well!
- A variety of vegetarian and gluten free options are offered throughout the week. You can find these items by special symbol designation on each menu
Meal Applications: Free & Reduced Priced Meals
During the 2021-2022 school year, all students eat for FREE at our 9 elementary schools. This includes daily lunch at all sites and breakfast at Paul Ecke Central and Ocean Knoll Elementary.
Free and Reduced meal applications are not required for students to receive free meals. We encourage all families to fill out the School Funding Form sent out in student Back to School packets to allow for Federal funding in support of other educational programs that directly benefit the students of the district.
Meals are free for students. Adult and visitor lunches are $5.00.
Refund & Transfer Policy
Should you need a refund on your child’s lunch account, please contact the Child Nutrition Services Department at 760-944-4300 x 2572 or email Anne Bartlett at Anne.Bartlett@eusd.net. Please allow at least 2 weeks for refunds to be processed.
If you would like to donate the money in your child’s lunch account to another student, please specify when contacting the Child Nutrition Department.
Unpaid Meal Charge Policy
Students will never be denied a meal, but the steps outlined below will be taken to collect unpaid meal charge debt.
- Negative balance phone calls will be sent out twice weekly
- Emails and letters home on a weekly and monthly basis
If you do not want your student to be using their lunch account, please contact the Child Nutrition Services Department so we can put necessary blocks onto the account.
If a student qualifies for free or reduced-price meals but incurred any unpaid meal debt prior to receiving notification of eligibility, the family is still required to pay.
Field Trip Meals
Did you know that EUSD Child Nutrition can provide delicious, nutritious “on-the-go” lunches for class field trips? Parents, this gives you a break from having to pack a lunch for field trip days, all you have to do is order a field trip lunch from the school cafeteria!
To pre-order a field trip lunch for your child’s next class field trip, you simply need to fill out the Parent Consent Form for Field Trip/Field Trip Lunch Request Form. This form can be given to the teacher or office staff. Please fill out and return this form no later than 4 days prior to the field trip date.
All children who have a completed a Field Trip Parent Consent form requesting a lunch will receive lunch for free this year.
Each sack lunch includes the following: Sunbutter & Jelly Sandwich, Whole Grain tortilla chips, carrots, fresh fruit and milk.
Lunches are available for all students; payment is required based on the student’s meal eligibility. The school’s Cafeteria staff will charge the student’s account appropriately.
PRIOR TO THE FIELD TRIP
4 Days prior to your field trip:
- Complete and submit the Field Trip Lunch Notification Roster that lists all students that will be needing a lunch for the field trip. Give form to CNS kitchen staff.
- Attach all student Field Trip Lunch Request Forms that have been filled out by student’s parents. We need these forms to confirm orders.
Notify your Cafeteria Site Leader immediately if event is cancelled
The Day of the Field Trip:
- Pick up your meals in the kitchen or staff lounge refrigerator (wherever lunches are stored at your site)
- *Note: a cooler will be provided to keep the lunches cold but the lunches are safe to be held at room temperature (in backpacks or out of the cooler).
- Bring the Field Trip Notification Roster copy provided by the CNS staff with the lunches on the field trip.
DURING THE FIELD TRIP
- Use the Class Roster as the Check-Off List of student’s names that received a meal.
- If a student decides not to eat the meal that was ordered, please place leftover lunches back in the cooler to bring back to the cafeteria.
After Lunch when you return to school:
- Place any remaining shelf stable lunches back into the kitchen or staff lounge where you picked them up
AFTER THE FIELD TRIP
- Submit the Field Trip Notification Roster to your CNS staff (or the Nutrition mailbox in the office).
Encinitas Union School District’s goals for Health and Wellness center on improving student’s physical, mental, and overall health and wellness while providing students with techniques, habits, and training for lifelong health and wellness. The district acknowledges the strong relationship between students’ health and learning, and is committed to providing an environment where students and staff are supported in making healthy choices for lifelong health.
Healthy Classroom Celebrations
Birthdays and classroom celebrations are great opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle, provide consistent messages, and create excitement around nutritious choices at school. In line with the EUSD Wellness Policy and the district’s focus on health and wellness, classroom celebrations will be held once per month, at the end of each month, to celebrate birthdays and any other classroom events. For these celebrations, the district encourages non-food birthday celebrations or healthy snacks for parents to bring in for students. All student birthdays can be celebrated on one day with one big celebration!
Healthy Birthday Celebration Ideas
• Parents can wrap their child’s favorite book in birthday wrapping paper. The child can unwrap the book and the teacher can read it to the class.
• Create a “Celebrate Me” book. Have classmates write stories or poems and draw pictures to describe what’s special about the birthday child.
The Birthday Child can
• Bring their favorite toy to share with the class or one for each student in the class
• Parents can bring non-food treats for the whole class: pencils, stickers, key chains, etc.
• Lead their favorite physical activity outdoors
• Be the teacher’s assistant for the day
• Wear a special crown, sash, button or badge all day
• Choose the class music for writing or independent student time
Healthy Classroom Event Ideas
• Watch an educational video as a class and serve popcorn (air popped)
• Put on some music and have a dance contest or dance party
• Have a gardening party, visit the school garden, plant seeds, etc.
• Make it a learning experience and celebrate the students’ cultural heritage with traditional crafts, games and stories
• Incorporate special guests into the celebrations. For example, invite a parent or special guest to come read a book or talk to the class
• Celebrate with a fun outdoor activity like a kickball game
• Set up activity stations in the classroom and let students choose (twister, bean bag toss, etc.)
Healthy Classroom Snack Ideas
• “Ants on a Log” celery with peanut/almond/sun butter and raisins
• Cut veggies with low fat dip
• Whole wheat pita bread or crackers with hummus or bean dip
• Fruit Kebabs
• Fruit smoothies
• Dried fruit or 100% fruit leathers
• 100% fruit popsicles
• Frozen banana pops- sliced in half, dipped in yogurt and rolled in a whole grain cereal
• String cheese and whole grain crackers
• Build your own mini pizzas with whole grain English muffins and healthy toppings
Healthy Beverage Ideas
Nonfat or Lowfat Milk
100% Fruit Juice
“Spa Water”- water flavored with fruit
Be Mindful of Food Allergies
Each classroom has a list of the allergies that are present in the class. Work together with the teacher and other classroom parents to bring in options that will include all students, even those with allergies.
Tips for Parents & Teachers:
• Work together to plan your monthly celebrations- class parents, work with your teacher and other parents to plan activities and/or healthy snacks
• Come up with a list of fun celebration ideas
• Keep food allergies in mind and work with other parents to come up with food ideas that will include all students
Interested in CNS Catering your next classroom or school event? Please contact Lea Bonelli, Director of Child Nutrition Services for more information or check out our Food Celebrations Order form for more details on items available for purchase: