School Lunches Are Getting Healthier—The Facts


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Welcome to the CUSD Food and Nutrition Department website! Our mission is to prepare our students for learning by providing healthy and appetizing meals that foster healthy eating habits that last a lifetime.

We participate in both the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet or exceed state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

Here you will find information on nutrition, menus, payment options and meal applications.

Lindsay Walker
Supervisor of Food and Nutrition

Coast USD Cafeteria Now Featuring…

Home-Grown Goodness!

Lead Chef Cindy at CUHS is bringing the Farm-to-School concept to Coast USD’s food program. Cindy lovingly plants, grows, and harvests seasonal produce right here at school, then incorporates these delicious goodies into our cafeteria menu. Depending on what’s ripe, you might find garden-fresh cucumbers in our salad bars, pizza topped with garden-grown zucchini, and even homemade salsa with tomatoes picked that very morning.

Cindy’s September 6th harvest from the CUHS garden

School gardens offer a world of benefits. Children who learn about gardening at a young age are more willing to try and consume fruits and vegetables at an older age(1). When schools offer school gardens,44% of students eat more fruits and vegetables (2).

Thank you to our grantors at Central Coast Funds for Children (CCFC) for helping to make our school garden possible!

(1).  Loso J, et al. Childhood and Current Gardening Is Associated with Increased Fruit and Vegetable Intake among College-Aged Students Participating in the Get Fruved Study. J Am Diet Assoc. 2016;116(9):A13.

(2). Pew Charitable Trusts and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. School Meal Programs Innovate to Improve Student Nutrition.


Free & Reduced Meals
Students may be qualified to receive free or reduced price meals either through a meal application or through Direct Certification.

Meal Charge Policy

Meal Application
Eligibility is based upon income versus the number of people in the household. Please submit only ONE application per household – even if you have children at different schools in the school district.

Meal eligibility must be renewed each school year!  For returning students, the eligibility for free or reduced price meals expires after September 30, 2018, unless requalified for free or reduced price meals.

Online Application: Click HERE


Meal Prices for 2018-2019
Milk is included with the price of a meal, but is available for separate purchase at $0.50 per carton.
Menu Prices PDF

Pre-Payment Options
Take advantage of the option to prepay your student’s meal account. Prepaid meal accounts help the lunch lines go faster and give students more time to eat, relax, and play.

Any number of meals can be prepaid and may be used at any time during the school year. Any remaining balance of unused meals will be transferred to the next school year.

Please write checks payable to your school site or CUSD, include the student(s) name and PIN number on the memo line and turn them in to your school cafeteria cashier.

For your convenience, try our online pre-payment option!
To create an account, please use your child’s legal name and you will need to know your child’s student ID number to begin this process.

Wellness Policy
Review our wellness policy here.

How Are We Doing?

Take our survey and let us know what you think!

At Coast Unified School District we are committed to constantly improving our Food and Nutrition Program. We would like to get feedback from our parents and students to let us know how we are doing and what we can do to be even better. Please take a moment to complete one of our short surveys. Thank you!

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Nondiscrimination Statement
The nondiscrimination statement shown below must be included in program materials that are produced for public information, education, or distribution. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.