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Healthy eating is an important life skill. The Child Nutrition Services staff, consisting of approximately 45 employees, work diligently to provide students a variety of diverse and appealing foods. They know and understand that providing children with nutritious and well-balanced meals will help children grow, develop, and do well in school. The department is proud to build partnerships to support learning and to promote healthy habits for lifelong nutrition.

Child Nutrition Services’ goal is to provide students a fairly priced, well-balanced and satisfying meal meeting current state and federal nutrition guidelines. Additionally, the department strives to promote the health of students not only by providing them with nourishment but in educating them with the necessary skills needed to make healthy choices now and throughout life. Child Nutrition serves approximately 4,000 lunches daily with a menu emphasizing the United States Dietary Guidelines that include lowering dietary levels of fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar.

School Meal Program

Child Nutrition Services operates under the regulations and guidance of the National School Lunch Program. It is a federal and state assisted program that provides nutritious and well-balanced meals at low or no cost to children each school day. The school meal program is a self-sufficient operation with revenue sources coming from USDA reimbursement, student and adult meals, and a la carte sales. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.


A complete FIVE STAR MEAL consists of at least three components and must include a ½ cup fruit or vegetable serving. Lunch entrées consist of two food components. Students may choose one entrée, one milk, one whole grain snack item and up to three different fruits or vegetables.


Five Star Meal Prices


Students Eligible for Free Meals No Charge

Students Eligible for Reduced Meals $0.20

Students Paying Full Price Meals $1.75

Adult Meals $2.25


Students Eligible for Free Meals No Charge

Students Eligible for Reduced Meals $0.40

Elementary Students Paying Full Price Meals $3.00

Middle School Students Paying Full Price Meals $3.25*

Adult Meals $4.00

Students may pay cash and/or use money from their lunch account. If a student forgets or loses their lunch money, the student will be allowed to charge their meal. Students are only allowed to carry a negative balance of $6.00. CNS accepts cash, check or make a payment online at:

*No credit is extended at the middle schools.

Fuel Up to Play 60

The National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL) -- in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) -- are making a long-term commitment to America’s youth with a school-based nutrition and fitness initiative called Fuel Up to Play 60. The initiative gets students involved in creating a healthier school environment that promotes student health, learning and achievement.

For more information on Fuel Up to Play 60, please click here.

Food and Nutrition Standards

Evergreen School District has developed food and nutrition standards that follow state, federal and health department guidelines regarding food served in our schools. Like reading, writing, teeth-brushing, and hand-washing, learning good food habits is a skill that can help your child live a healthy, satisfying life. Please support us in nurturing good food habits by following the Nutrition & Food Guidelines set forth by Evergreen School District. Additionally, Child Nutrition Services offers several healthy snack and treat options that can help you recognize and reward your students under the Nutrition & Food Guidelines. Please also check out our list of non-food incentive and reward ideas.

Evergreen School District Wellness Policy

ESD Nutrition & Food Guidelines

Non-Food Rewards and Incentives

CNS Healthy Snacks Order Form

Healthy Snacks for School: Smart Snack Compliant & Available at Most Grocery Stores

Catering Request

Are you planning a breakfast? Lunch? Meeting? Volunteer Tea? Treats for the employees? Let Child Nutrition Services cater the event for you. Check out the variety of delicacies we have to offer. Thank you for considering our catering service. Bon Appetit! Prices subject to change without notice.

Catering Request Form with Instructions

Special Meal Accommodations
Meal Substitutions for Medical or Special Dietary Reasons

Generally, children with food allergies or intolerances do not have a disability as defined under either Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act or Part B of IDEA, and the school food service may, but is not required to, make food substitutions for them. However, when in the licensed physician’s assessment, food allergies may result in severe, life-threatening (anaphylactic) reactions, the child’s condition would meet the definition of “disability”, and the substitutions prescribed by the licensed physician must be made.

School food service may make food substitutions, at their discretion, for individual children who do not have a disability, but who are medically certified as having a special medical or dietary need. Such determinations are only made on a case-by-case basis. This provision covers those children who have food intolerances or allergies, but do not have life-threatening reactions (anaphylactic reactions) when exposed to the food(s) to which they have problems.

Meal Substitutions for Medical or Special Dietary Reasons
(English | Spanish | Vietnamese)

Medical Request for Special Meals (Medical Statement Form)
(English | Spanish | Vietnamese)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

The USDA and CA Dept. of Education are equal opportunity providers and employers.


Supervisor Lida Gaines 

2828 Corda Drive
San Jose, CA 95122-1506
(408) 223 - 4500 (Phone)
(408) 223 - 4507 (Fax)

Evergreen School District

  • 3188 Quimby Road
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  • San Jose, CA 95148
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  • Phone: 408-270-6800
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  • Fax: 408-274-3894
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