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New School Nutrition Regulations Mean Changes for School Meals

You may have heard about a change coming in school lunch this fall. It is true! After much research on school meals, coupled with the recent release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2012, the USDA announced new government regulations that will sbustantially change school meal requirements for the first time in decades. Here in the Palo Alto Unified School District, we began making similar changes to our menus a few years ago. Many of our menu items are now made with healthier ingredients such as whole grains. Please take some time and revisit our menus as they offer new items such as soup, tortellini, fish tacos, etc. We have also been modifying recipes to include less sodium and saturated fat. Studnes will be offered foods from five food groups (grains, fruit, vegetable, protein, and dairy) and they must take at least 3 of the 5 menu items. In addition, they must always take at least half cup of a fruit or vegetable. Please be proactive and talk with your child about the USDA ChooseMyPlate. We will use this identifier to try and help students put into practice the guidelines needed to help them build healthier meals. For more information on ChooseMyPlate, please visit

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alva Spence, Nutrition Services Director, at

Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) provides meal services for our students. Lunch is offered at all schools, and brunch is available at middle and high schools. Snacks or a la carte items are offered during brunch and lunch at middle schools and high schools.

 Free of Reduced Priced Meals

*Families may be eligible for free or reduced priced meals. To apply for Free and Reduced Meals, download the Free and Reduced Meals form or visit to apply online. You can also pick up a Free and Reduced Meal Application Form at any school site, or at the district office, and mail it to: 25 Churchill Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94306.


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