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Healthy eating is an important life skill. The Child Nutrition Services staff, consisting of approximately 40 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 $2.00

Adult Meals $2.50


Students Eligible for Free Meals No Charge

Students Eligible for Reduced Meals $0.40

Students Paying Full Price Meals $3.50*

Adult Meals $4.50

View our full meal charging and collection procedures (PDF)

Do you have an 8th grade student who is graduating or a student who is moving out of the District? Please click here to read about how to request a refund or balance transfer.

Evergreen School District has many simple payment options for you to choose from. However families are encouraged to prepay for meals. Pre-paying for your child’s meal is a simpler way of managing their account and prevents unpaid meal charges. Paying for meals before the meal service also helps the lunch lines move more quickly, giving children more time to enjoy their meal. If a student forgets or loses their lunch money, the student will be allowed to charge their meal*. No matter which payment option you choose, please remember that the current negative balance must be paid as soon as possible.

- Pay Online: Visit to make payments, set up low balance alert emails, and track transactions safely and securely anytime.

- Pay at your child’s school: Your student may pay cash or check when they are in the cafeteria. Dropping off your student at school? Pre-payments can also be left at the school office during normal business hours. Checks should be made payable to CNS and please include your child’s name and room # when sending in a payment.

*No credit is extended at the middle schools or for a la carte purchases. Monies received from students with negative account balances must first be used to satisfy the negative balance. No change will be given back to students with negative account balances and any extra monies will be deposited into the student’s account. It is also important to note that all meals eaten before a Free and Reduced-Price application is processed and approved are the responsibility of the parent/guardian and must be paid for as required by law.

If your child receives a meal on credit, you will be notified with:

· A verbal reminder or credit memo slip given to student at meal service

· Periodic negative balance letters mailed home

· In case of significant delinquent payments, you may receive a personal phone call from the Child Nutrition Services department

Please call the Child Nutrition Services Department with any questions about your student's account or balance. We are here to help! The office is open Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM.

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 (PDF)

ESD Nutrition & Food Guidelines (WORD)

Non-Food Rewards and Incentives (PDF)

CNS Healthy Snacks Order Form (PDF)

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

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 (XLS)

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 (PDF)
Meal Substitutions for Medical or Special Dietary Reasons - Spanish (PDF)
Meal Substitutions for Medical or Special Dietary Reasons - Vietnamese (PDF)

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

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 online or from 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.

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Supervisor Lida Gaines

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

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  • 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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