Lunch Information

  • Pasadena Unified School District Nutrition Standards/Healthy Food Choices Definitions:

    "Full Meal" –
    Any combination of food that meet USDA-approved School Breakfast Program (SBP) or National School Lunch Program (NSLP) meal pattern requirements.

    "Snack" –
    A food that is generally regarded as supplementing a meal, including but not limited to, chips, crackers, onion rings, nachos, French fries, donuts, cookies, pastries, cinnamon rolls, and candy.

    "Entrée"
    – A food that is generally regarded as being the primary food in a meal, and shall include, but not be limited to, sandwiches, burritos, pasta, and pizza.

    "Sold" –
    The exchange of food for money, coupons or vouchers.

    "Added Sweetener"
    – Any additive other than 100% fruit juice that enhances the sweetness of a beverage.

    "Food of Minimal Nutrition Value (FMNV)" –
    Is the Federal Nutrition Standard. Elimination of foods at or below FMNV as defined by USDA. Foods of minimal nutritional value means (i) in the case of artificially sweetened foods, a food which provides less than five percent of the Reference Daily Intakes (RDI) for each of eight specified nutrients per serving; and (ii) in the case of all other foods, a food which provides less than five percent of the RDI for each of eight specified nutrients per 100 calories and less five percent of the RDI for each of eight specified nutrients per serving. The eight nutrients to be assessed for this purpose are protein, vitamins A, C, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, calcium, and iron. Page 2 of 8

    AR 5030

    STUDENT WELLNESS

    Elementary Schools

    Allowable beverages:
    Fruit-based drinks that are composed of no less than 50% fruit juice and have no added sweetener.

    Allowable foods:
    The only foods that may be sold to a pupil during the school day are full meals and individually sold portions of nuts, nut butters, seeds, eggs, cheese packaged for individual sale, fruit, vegetables that have not been deep fried, and legumes.

    In addition, an individually sold dairy or whole grain food item may be sold to a pupil at an elementary school, if it meets all the following standards:

    • Not more than 35% of its total calories shall come from fat.
    • Not more than 10% of its total calories shall be from saturated fat.
    • Not more than 35% of its total weight shall be composed of sugar, including naturally occurring and added sugar.
    • Not more than 175 calories per individual food item.

    An elementary school may permit the sale of food items that do not comply with the above regulations as part of a school fundraising event in any of the following circumstances:

    • The items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place off of and away from school premises.
    • The items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place at least one-half hour after the end of the school day.
    • Vegetable –based drinks that are composed of no less than 50% vegetable juice and have no added sweetener.
    • Drinking water with no added sweetener.
    • Two-percent fat milk, one-percent-fat milk, non-fat milk, soymilk, rice milk, and other similar nondairy milk.