Marni Posey, Director of Nutrition Services
Bonnie Christensen, Executive Chef
1720 Oregon Street
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 644-6200
Fax: (510) 644-8784
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- 2012 Elementary Menus
- 2012 Middle School Menus
- 2011 SIO BreakfastFirst
- School Lunch Information
- Meal Guideline Toolkits for Parents
Letter from the Director:
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Welcome back to another school year. We have continued to make positive changes to the school meals and want to encourage you and your children to participate in the school breakfast and lunch programs this year.
Two of the most exciting changes to the program are Universal Breakfast and Fresh Buffet Style Service. Almost all of our schools are serving free breakfast for all students. Last year all of our schools moved away from pre-packed “heat and serve food” to freshly prepared buffet-style service.
A year-long calendar was sent home with your student so you know what we are serving every day. The calendar lists the elementary and middle and high school’s breakfast and lunch menus for the entire year. Additionally, each month of the calendar includes recipes that are being taught in the cooking classes and served in the cafeterias as well. We hope you will try cooking these at home with your family.
The changes we are making are part of a district-wide effort called the School Lunch Initiative (SLI). SLI has two primary goals: to serve more nutritious and delicious, freshly-prepared meals using locally-grown food to all of our students and to educate children in kitchen, garden and academic classrooms about their food choices and the impact those choices have on their health, the community and the environment.
We are extremely proud of the accomplishments we are making, including the following:
- Salad bars in all of our schools
- Hormone and antibiotic-free milk
- Fresh fruit and vegetables served daily
- Almost all of our food made from scratch
- All bread and dinner rolls are organic
- All other rolls are whole-grain
- Swipe card systems in almost all of our schools
A majority of our food is now purchased locally:
- Breakfast muffins
- Whole-grain pizza crust
- Sliced bread and dinner rolls
- Salad dressings
- 25% of our produce
- Organic salad bar at the high school
- All hamburgers and hot dogs are natural and grass-fed
We hope you will join us in helping your children make healthy food choices in school and at home. Together we can help raise a new generation of healthier and better educated young people. Thank you for your continued support and please don’t hesitate to call or email if there’s anything I can do to help.
Elementary and middle school lunch in the Berkeley public schools include a full Salad Bar
The Board of Education recognizes the important connection between a healthy diet and a student’s ability to learn effectively and achieve high standards in school. The Board also recognizes the school’s role, as part of the larger community, to promote family health, sustainable agriculture and environmental restoration. The Board of Education recognizes that the sharing of food is a fundamental experience for all peoples; a primary way to nurture and celebrate our cultural diversity; and an excellent bridge for building friendships and intergenerational bonds.
Part of the educational mission of BUSD is to improve the health of the entire community by teaching students to establish and maintain life long healthy eating and physical activity habits. The mission shall be accomplished through nutrition education, physical education,garden experiences, the food served in schools, environmental restoration and core academic content in the curriculum.