Did You Know?
- We support local businesses and local farmers whenever possible.
- Our whole grain rich sandwich rolls, cinnamon rolls, pizza crust, cookies and granola are baked fresh daily .
- We make our own breakfast and lunch entrées, salad dressings and sauces from scratch
- We emphasize wholesome ingredients and avoid high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes, additives, hormones, antibiotics, hydrogenated oils and known genetically modified foods, and we never use styrofoam.
- Every day, our fundamental goal is to serve our students the most nutritious, delicious and wholesome food while supporting local farmers and small businesses in Santa Barbara County.
Our Department of Food Services is extremely proud of the accomplishments we are making in our district’s kitchens, cafeterias and dining rooms. We adhere to a new standard of food service and production that is entirely based on nutritional integrity and local procurement practices.
Meals are prepared from scratch or minimally processed. Our emphasis is on whole foods and “clean” ingredients. Whenever possible, we exclude high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes, additives, hormones, antibiotics, irradiation, hydrogenated oils, and known genetically modified foods.
We offer nonfat and one-percent milk that is both hormone-free and antibiotic-free.
Our breads, rice, and pastas are whole grain and each meal is served with a selection of fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown within Santa Barbara County, when possible.
Our baked goods are made with minimal added fats and sugars as we rely on recipes that replace fats and sugars with heart-healthy substitutes, such as applesauce (fat replacer) and fruit juice (sugar substitute).
Each day, we focus on serving nutritious, delicious, and freshly prepared meals using locally grown food. We recognize the importance of educating our students in kitchen, garden, and academic classrooms about their food choices and the impact those choices have on their health, the community, and the environment.
A nutritious breakfast is served every morning in each school cafeteria. Please check with your school cafeteria to identify the time of service. Breakfast includes a choice of an entrée, juice/fruit and milk. In the secondary schools additional items are available for purchase.
In the secondary schools there are several choices daily for lunch. In the elementary schools there is only one entrée offered daily. Students on the Free and Reduced Program are entitled to receive a daily entrée, a trip to the salad bar and either milk or juice. Additional items are sold for an additional charge.
Cafeteria Line Procedures
If the cafeteria is to operate successfully, cooperation is needed in the following manner:
- All students (except kindergartners and some first graders) need to enter their student ID on the keypad in order to purchase or receive food in the school cafeteria. We recommend parents of younger students teach their child their six-digit ID number before school begins each year.
- Having cash readily available when approaching the cash registers will expedite the serving lines.
- Students should bring the proper amount and be prepared to pay at the cash register in the school cafeteria.
- When finished eating, students are to throw their garbage in the trashcans and/or recycle bins.
- Eating food in the serving areas is not permitted.
For those with mobility disabilities, the Food Service office is not accessible. Call (805) 963-4338 ext. 6279 for accommodation.