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Farm to School:

At its core, Farm to School is about establishing relationships between local foods and school children by way of including local products in school meals. Farm to School is a program that connects students and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias; improving student nutrition; providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities; and supporting local and regional farmers.


Harvest of the Month:

Each month, a new seasonal, locally grown fruit or vegetable is served on school salad bars every Thursday for Harvest of the Month. 


Nutrition Education Curricula:

These four curricula options are all sequential, evidence-based, and connected to educational standards. California teachers can order these curricula for FREE.

  • MyPlate Curriculum Developed by Team Nutrition (an initiative by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service), these inquiry-based nutrition education lessons teach the importance of eating from all five food groups using the MyPlate icon and hands-on activities. Printed materials are available to teachers whose schools participate in at least one of USDA’s Child Nutrition programs (therefore all teachers in SLCUSD are eligible to order materials for free).

Nourish Curriculum Developed by the Center for Ecoliteracy, this curriculum is designed to initiate a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability. It contains seven learning activities,various student handouts, a companion  DVD, and more. The lessons align with national curriculum standards and benchmarks. 

  • Dairy Council CurriculumThese nutrition lesson plans are sequential, aligned to standards, proven to influence students’ healthy choices, focused on five food groups, and free to California teachers. Each grade level has a series of six to ten nutrition lessons, all created via a behavior-change model that encourages healthy-eating behaviors and attitudes in your students.

  • Big Ideas Curriculum Developed by the Center for Ecoliteracy and National Geographic, this K-12 curriculum identifies key concepts that link food, culture, health, and the environment. Lessons are aligned to: Common Core; NGSS; College, Career, and Civic Life Standards; National Health Education Standards; and California Nutrition Competencies.


California Food for California Kids® Lessons:

The Center for Ecoliteracy developed these lessons as a part of the California Food for California Kids® Initiative to teach students about California fruits and vegetables. Each lesson is aligned to NGSS and Common Core Standards for upper elementary, Grades 3-5. Download them for FREE by following the links below.

  • Oranges -- A Taste of California Sunshine
    • Lesson Here
    • Students observe and describe navel oranges, compare the taste of these oranges to other citrus fruits, and explore how navel oranges have helped shape California.
  • Investigating Cabbage Traditions
    • Lesson Here
    • Students discover the cultural importance of cabbages, compare the taste and texture of different California-grown cabbage varieties, and identify family food traditions involving cabbage.
  • The Tomato Salsa Challenge
    • Lesson Here
    • Students learn fun facts about tomatoes, compare the taste and texture of various locally grown tomato types, and create and test their own tomato salsa recipes.
  • Savoring California: A Comparative Tasting of California Fruits & Vegetables
    • Lesson Here
    • Students taste at least two varieties of a particular kind of fruit or vegetable, develop vocabulary to describe the nuanced characteristics of the produce, and discover its growing requirements and seasonality.
  • Food and Culture: The World’s Flavor Profiles
    • Lesson Here
    • Students explore the food traditions of the world’s five major inhabited contents, discover each continent’s broad flavor profile, and then research a particular country’s key ingredients, seasonings, and dishes.

SUMMER PROGRAM: 

Summer brings a break from school ... but the need for good nutrition doesn't take a break!

Summer is a difficult nutritional time for many children. Not only does food insecurity increase among low income families during the summer months, but children are also at a greater risk for obesity as they lose access to school meals they rely on during the school year. San Luis Unified’s Free Summer Meals gives children the nutritious meals they need to keep hunger at bay and remain healthy throughout the summer. Summertime is a time to play hard...but it is also a time to remember to eat right. Make sure good nutrition remains a priority all summer long, and students will return to school in the Fall healthy, sharp and ready to learn.

The summer meal program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Seamless Summer Option, and requires no paperwork or income qualifications. Children 18 years and younger eat free.


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