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Del Norte County & USD |  3000 |  AR  3550  Business and Noninstructional Operations

Food Service/Child Nutrition Program, Continued   

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All food available to students on school campus during school hours must be from one or more of the following categories:

1. Milk and dairy products, including cheese, yogurt, frozen yogurt and ice cream.

2. Full-strength fruit and vegetable juices and fruit drinks containing 50 percent or more full-strength fruit juice, and fruit nectars containing 35 percent or more full-strength fruit juice.

3. Fresh, frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables.

4. Nuts, seeds, and nut butters.

5. Non-confection grain products including crackers, bread sticks, tortillas, pizza, pretzels, bagels, muffins, and popcorn.

6. Any food receiving prior approval by Food Services Department.

In addition, the food items must meet the following criteria:

1. Not more than 35 percent of the total calories of the food item, excluding nuts or seeds are from fat.

2. Not more than 35 percent of the total weight of the food item, excluding fruits or vegetables, is composed of sugar.

The Food Services Department will provide a list of foods that meet these criteria.

A production system will be encouraged to reduce the use of processed foods and increase the use of basic fresh foods that emphasize fruits, vegetables, whole grains and dairy foods which are low in fat, added sugars, and sodium.

The use of fresh fruit and vegetables will be encouraged by making fruit and vegetables available where food is sold and promoting the intake of 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

In elementary schools beverages that may be sold to schools include only water, milk, 100 percent fruit juices or fruit based drinks with no less than 50% fruit juice and no added sweeteners. Vending machines may be used to sell only healthy beverages.

In High Schools:

1. Beverages that may be sold to students include only water, milk, 100 percent fruit juices or fruit based drinks with no less than 50% fruit juice and no added sweeteners, 100 percent fruit juices electrolyte replacement beverages with no more than 42 grams of added sweetener per 20-ounce serving from 1/2 hour before school to 1/2 hour after the end of the school-day.

2. Vending machines may sell healthy beverages at any time of the day.

3. Other beverages may be sold before 1/2 hour of the start of the school day and 1/2 hour after the end of the school day.

During school hours, home-prepared products will not be allowed to be sold on campus due to the potential of food borne illness. However, site approval may be requested for special occasions involving foods that may not meet these nutritional standards. These foods and service methods must meet food safety standards as specified by the Food Services Department, i.e. multicultural events.

Annually Food Services staff will be provided training in food safety, marketing, preparation, and service of healthy menu items.

The Food Services Department will provide to parents information of safe and healthy foods that would be acceptable for special events, i.e. classroom parties.

To the extent permitted under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, students in all grades shall be allowed to decline a certain number of meal items they do not intend to consume.

Student Access

Marketing of the school lunch and breakfast program will include a wide variety of school resources such as students, special food promotions and Parent/Teacher/Student Association's.

Vending machines that contain beverages that do not meet the district nutritional standards shall remain locked or be rendered inoperable during the school day.

The Food Services Department will enter into partnerships with interested student groups to provide food-selling opportunities while sharing labor and profits from such events.

The Food Services Department will work with administration at each school site to establish a nutrition committee as part of the school site council or Parent Teacher Organization that will develop a process for approving sale of food by all groups during the school day and to provide equitable access and distribution of revenues for appropriate uses.

Maintenance of a Healthy Environment

Advertising of food and beverages on vending machines should promote healthy food choices.

All primary school administrators should evaluate schedules and, if possible, promote playtime before eating lunch.

Policy DEL NORTE COUNTY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: May 27, 2004 Crescent City, California

revised: September 9, 2004