• mission The Los Angeles Unified School District's Food Services Division operates the largest School Breakfast Program (SBP) and second largest National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in the United States, servicing more than 695 cafes, 89 Early Ed Centers and 100+ offsite programs each day.

     
    Nourishing Children to Achieve Excellence is the Food Services Division's core mission. Our Division complies with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and California Department of Education (CDE), and implements resolutions of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education:
    • Good Food Procurement Resolution
    • Improving Food and Nutrition Policy
    In 2012, the Board passed the Improving Food and Nutrition Policy which directed all efforts of the meal program toward healthier meal options, commitment to nutrition education for families, and a national stance on upholding standards that meet or exceed those outlined in the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.
     
    Through our core programs, Breakfast in the Classroom, National School Lunch Program, After School Supper and Snack, we offer healthy meals to our students. Our District's vast geographical area encompasses a diverse student population that includes 79% qualifying for free or reduced price meals. Many of our students depend on Cafe LA meals as their main source of nourishment. 

About Us

  • The Food Services Division Strives to:
     
    Support the District's Goals of 100% graduation, proficiency for all, 100% attendance, parent and community engagement and school safety by tying its goals, programs, projects and processes to these initiatives.
     
    Serve good food defined as Healthy, Affordable, Fair and Sustainable
     
    Provide My Payments Plus, an online pre-payment tool to parents/guardian allowing them to place money on the account of the student, view their meal purchase history, and current balance.
     
    Reduce waste by working with District partners to make a positive impact in managing food waste. The first policy allowing students to consume food outside the meal service period and take non-perishable items with them will be implemented this year (info see USDA SP41-2014).
     
    Embrace employee and student safety by educating staff on the importance of working safely, tracking incidents/injuries and recognizing cafes where staff meet and exceed safety goals; ensure that every location is inspected by the County Health Department twice each year.
     
    Ensure that our students have a comfortable, pleasant and safe environment when visiting our cafes.
     
    Gather student input of new menu items by conducting taste testing throughout the District. New items must have an overall 70% approval rating to be placed on the menu.
     
    Engage student menu ideas through their participation in local and National Cooking Up Change competitions where winners' recipes are placed on the Cafe LA Menu. 

Achievements

  • Record year for the Division, serving over 138 million meals in FY 15-16
    • ~345,000 breakfasts per day
    • ~320,000 lunches per day
    • ~74, 200 supper and snack meals per day
    • ~30,000 summer meals per day
    Innovative trend setting organization implementing Breakfast in the Classroom at 637 schools in over 23,000 classrooms. 
     
    Supports the Los Angeles City Council Meatless Mondays Resolution, adopted in October 2012, by offering a meatless item on Mondays and providing a daily vegetarian option.
     
    Adopted and implemented the Good Food Procurement Resolution, which guides the procurement process and supports a regional food system that is ecologically sound, economically viable and socially responsible.
     
     
    Member of the Whole Grain Council
     
    Most awarded Bronze medal schools nationwide from Healthier US School Challenge.
     
    Participants in the California Thursdays initiative that commits to serving California-grown products on the menu.