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Welcome to Food and Nutrition!

Babre Lewis, Director
Steven Gregg, Operations Supervisor
Lauri Patton, Administrative Assistant
PHONE: 858-668-2570


Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

The Food and Nutrition Department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals who are dedicated to students' health, well being, and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices. 
Meals, foods, and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements, which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.

Peer-reviewed scientific research demonstrates that children who participate in the National School Lunch Program have better nutrient intakes than those who do not participate.

Here are some steps we have taken to make Poway meals nutritious!

  • All school meals meet federal nutrition standards, which are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
  • Age-appropriate calorie ranges support growth, physical activity, and healthy body weight.
  • School lunch includes lean protein, whole grains, low fat dairy, and a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Each student must select at least ½ cup of fruit or vegetable with their meal.
  • Lunch at school includes a trip to the self-service salad bar, which features California-grown fruits and vegetables.
  • A wide variety of vegetable subgroups are offered each week, including dark green, red/orange, and legumes.
  • At least one vegetarian item is offered daily on our menus.
  • Kid-friendly breaded proteins and potato products, such as chicken nuggets and potato wedges, are baked – not fried.
  • All milk is low fat (1%) or fat free, and sourced from cows not treated with rBST growth hormone.
  • School chocolate milk is lower in sugar than most retail chocolate milk. In addition to being fat free, our chocolate milk contains just 4 grams of added sugars.
  • Although many menu choices appear to be the same as store-bought items, school foods are specially formulated with whole grains, reduced sodium, and less fat.
  • Our pizzas feature whole grain crust, reduced fat cheese, and reduced sodium sauce.
  • None of the foods served in our school meals contain trans fat, and saturated fat is carefully limited.
  • Cereals offered in our schools are always whole grain, and sugar is limited to less than 9 grams per portion.
  • All juices offered at school must be 100% fruit juice, with no added sweeteners.
  • All snacks sold at school meet strict limits on calories, sodium, sugar, fat, and saturated fat. Grain-based snacks, such as cookies or pretzels, are always whole grain-rich.  Chips sold at school must be baked or reduced fat. 
  • The beverages available at school are water, low fat or fat free milk, and 100% fruit juice. High schools may also offer low-calorie electrolyte replacement beverages.  Sodas, sugary drinks, and caffeinated beverages cannot be sold to students at school.
  • Our menus are analyzed by a registered dietitian using sophisticated computer software to calculate nutrient content of menus and ensure they meet strict USDA standards.



Elementary Schools $3.25 $2.25
Middle/High Schools $3.75 $2.50
Reduced Price Students $0.40 $0.30
Adults $4.25 $3.00


* Breakfast is served in only 8 schools: Los Penasquitos ES, Meadowbrook MS, Midland ES, Mt. Carmel HS, Pomerado ES, Poway HS, Valley ES, and Westview HS.

NOTE: Occasional special event meals (such as holiday meals) cost slightly more than the regular meal prices shown above.  Watch for details in your school's nutrition center.

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Notice: The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19853(b) requires local educational agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to annually notify households about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.

Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication

Comunicación de la Ley de Información sobre Crédito Tributario por Ingreso del Trabajo

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