SFUSD FOOD

Everything you ever wanted to know about school food in the San Francisco Unified School District

In January 2003, the San Francisco Board of Education voted to create a healthy-food policy in response to soaring childhood obesity and related deadly disorders.

Junk food is defined as food which is high in calories and low in nutritional value. The SFUSD's policy seeks to ensure that all food sold or served to students is high in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and fiber and not just high in calories - simply put, "No Empty Calories!"

The new district policy prohibits the schools from selling junk food in their cafeterias or vending machines, as one way of addressing the rising obesity/Type 2 diabetes crisis. Others ways of addressing this problem will include more nutrition education and, as funding becomes available, more PE programs.

Because children learn from the adults around them, parents, teachers, and staff are all encouraged to model good eating habits for students, including providing nutritious food for lunches and school parties and events, and refraining from using candy as rewards or prizes.

The average student sees over 10,000 advertisements per year for food, nearly all of it non-nutritious junk food, but research shows that children are more likely to be influenced by messages sent by the significant adults in their lives than by messages sent by the media. Modeling good eating habits for students can really make a difference in the fight against obesity.

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Page last updated Saturday September 24, 2011