Welcome to Child Nutrition Services Menus!
Please see our menus page for items to be served this year. Below is a summary of the current meal pattern and what your child can expect in his/her cafeteria!
- Meal Pattern- Meals are based on the 5 components of the MyPlate:
- Meat/Meat Alternate
- Reimbursable Meal -Students will need to select at least 3 out of the 5 components. Students must take 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable.
- Fruits & Vegetables-Will offer subgroups of vegetables with minimum amounts each week. Subgroups include red/orange, dark green leafy, beans/legumes, starchy
- Grains- Decrease in the amount & size of servings. Minimum amounts each week. Half the grain items offered on the menu must be Whole Grain-Rich (first ingredient is the whole grain).
- Meat/Meat Alternate-Decrease in the amount & size of servings. Minimum amounts each week.
- Milk -Low-fat (1%) and non-fat (skim) are only allowed. Flavor milk must be non-fat.
- Calories -Lunches must fall within a range of calories specific to the grade group.
- Sodium (Salt) -The amount of sodium allowed with gradually decrease over 10 years.
IMPORTANCE OF BREAKFAST
As we all know breakfast is an important meal of the day, this meal enhances student learning. At Alum Rock we offer breakfast in different ways, before school, second chance or at brunch and even in the classroom.
Check out the Benefits Breakfast Provides your student:
- Higher Test Scores. Research has proven that children who eat breakfast have a higher math and reading scores.
- Fewer Trips to the School Nurse. When students eat breakfast, nurses report fewer hunger related office visits.
- Improved Classroom Behavior. Students are better able to pay attention in class when they have eaten. Principals confirm that they see fewer discipline problems when students have eaten breakfast.
-Better Learning. Students learn best when they have eaten a good breakfast.
NEW MEAL SNACK REQUIREMENTS!
Meals served and food and beverage items sold at ARUSD schools meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines, SB 12, SB 965, and SB 490. All meals are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition professionals. We provide students with access to a variety of appealing foods and fresh produce that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.Nutrition Standards for Food Items Sold or Offered to Students and the ARUSD Approved Food List - Revised for 2019-2020
ALLERGENS and Meal Accommodations
Please see the link below!