Community Nutrition and Health
Community Nutrition and Health at UC ANR is a statewide network of researchers and educators promoting holistic health and equitable communities for all Californians. To learn more...
Why School Breakfast Matters
This fact sheet provides information on the benefits of school breakfast and alternative breakfast service models to help increase breakfast participation.
Universal Meals Resource Hub
Online resources to support food service directors and staff in implementing California's universal school meals program.
Universal School Meals
During SY21-22, San Mateo and Santa Clara county school districts began implementing universal school meals. This report details their early successes, challenges, opportunities, and policy recommendations.
UCCE and Second Harvest Food Bank continue supporting school districts, as they enter continue to implement universal meals. One school district partner, Redwood City, has reported continued strong participation and continued supply chain challenges, and is working to increase community voice in the school meal programs, by adding new menu items and convening an advisory committee.
Universal Meals are Coming to California!
All public school children in California can eat school meals - totally free of charge! School meals support student learning and health. Universal meals, where all students can eat school meals for free, have been shown to improve student diet quality, academic performance, attendance, and to reduce food insecurity.
Learn more about California's new universal meal program, the school nutrition environment and the meal standards, and see answers to frequently asked questions for parents and caregivers here: http://ucanr.edu/cesanmateo.ucanr.edu/schoolmeals
Perservering Through COVID-19
This report summarizes the experience of school nutrition programs during the COVID-19 pandemic and features case studies of San Mateo County school districts. READ MORE
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What We Do
We currently offer two USDA-funded programs for limited-income youth and families, among other nutrition projects.
OTHER: Nutrition staff may provide technical expertise for community grants, committees, and other projects by request.
The value of this curriculum is its emphasis on the connection between gardening and nutrition through the provision of 15 gardening lessons and 15 nutrition lessons that give clear guidance to leaders of youth in elementary grades.
Who We Are
UC Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Education provides research-based food and nutrition information and educational programs for San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. Our goal is to help youth and families make healthy food choices, maximize limited food budgets, and handle food safely.
Our staff of professionals bring a significant depth and breadth of food and nutrition experience and education to the programs. We act as a vital bridge between the UC academic system and our local communities, tailoring the latest science, curriculum, and information to the needs, cultures, and languages of our communities.
Meet the Community Nutrition and Health Staff
Phone (650) 276-7429
Food News from UC ANR
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