The California Department of Education helps schools, child care programs, and other community programs provide healthy meals and snacks to children. Almost every school in California serves lunch to its students. Some schools also serve breakfast and snacks. A child may be able to get free meals or meals at a very low cost.
The Department’s nutrition services are administered by the Nutrition Services Division
Learn more about free or low-cost meals that may be available to your child by contacting your local school district, day care program or homeless shelter. To find contact information for your school, go to the California Department of Education California School Directory Web page.
The Nutrition – CalEdFacts page provides a more detailed overview of nutrition services offered in California schools and child care programs.
The links and information below were developed for educators and others who are directly involved with nutrition-services programs in California.