Cooperative Education (COOP – pronounced co-op) Contra Costa College utilizes the workplace as a learning environment in which students experience the connection between academic and career goals. COOP students are provided the additional benefits of developing a professional network along with the knowledge and a clear understanding of workplace culture.
Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. All meals, foods and beverages are prepared and served by qualified child nutrition professionals. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
Healthy Snacks: Guides, Resources and Training Opportunities
Snack & Meal Standards for After School Programs
This fact sheet identifies the federal reimbursable snack requirements as well as the state nutrition standards for snacks and meals offered in after school programs.
Visit the California After School Resource Center External link opens in new window or tab. for online courses and resources on healthy snacks, nutrition education, physical activity, and related workshop opportunities.
CANFit’s Healthy Snack Guide for Your After School Program External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF) provides menus using foods that can be easily obtained at convenience stores and that fall within the federal reimbursement rate budget. There are also two-week sample cycle menus, their Best Practice Guidelines and 26 healthy recipes.
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.
Healthy Child Care Environments in California
Keeping Children Healthy in California’s Child Care Environments: Recommendations to Improve Nutrition and Increase Physical Activity full report and executive summary.
Education Code 49431 (2005) stipulates that the only food that may be sold to a pupil during the school day at elementary school 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. An individually sold dairy or whole grain food item may be sold to pupils at an elementary school, except food sold as part of a USDA meal program, if it meets all of the following standards: (1) Not more than 35% of its total calories from fat, (2) Not more than 10% of its total calories from saturated fat, (3) Not more than 35% of its total weight shall be composed of sugar, including naturally occurring and added sugar, (4) Not more than 175 calories per individual food item. An elementary school may permit the sale of foods that do not comply with the regulations above as a part of as part of a school fundraising event if the items are sold by pupils of the school and the sale of those items takes place off of and away from school premises or 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.
Education Code 49431.2 (2005) requires all foods sold outside of the school meal programs to students on school grounds at each middle and high school to be approved for compliance with the nutrition standards. Foods generally regarded as snacks must contain not more than 35 percent of calories from fat, 10 percent of calories from saturated fat, 35 percent sugar by weight, and no more than 250 calories per item. Foods generally regarded as entrees must be less than 400 calories and contain no more than 4 grams of fat per 100 calories. Middle and high schools may permit the sale of foods that are not in compliance with the standards if the items are sold off of school premises or at least 30 minutes after the end of the school day or during a school-sponsored student activity after the end of the school day.
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BILL NUMBER: SB 1322 INTRODUCED BILL TEXT INTRODUCED BY Senator Lowenthal FEBRUARY 20, 2008 An act to amend Sections 38135, 44932, 44939, 45303, and 88122 of, and to repeal Sections 38136 and 51530 of, the Education Code, and to amend Section 1028 of, and to repeal Sections 1027.5 and 1028.1 of, the Government Code, relating to communism.