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Nutrition Education Program

Perservering Through COVID-19

Report on San Mateo County School Meals During COVID
Report on San Mateo County School Meals During COVID
In March 2020, San Mateo County schools were forced to close school site operations with almost no notice and school food service directors and their staff were tasked with immediately re-tooling their operations to feed kids in new and rapidly changing conditions. Districts immediately developed pickup and delivery operations, innovating to meet community needs as the pandemic has stretched on.

For this project, we invited San Mateo County school districts with a high proportion of students eligible for free and reduced priced meals to participate in a one-hour phone interview about their experience providing school meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 5 school districts participated in interviews, and a brief profile of each follows this summary.

We’ve summarized common experiences and take-aways...

Perservering Through COVID-19_(Full Report - pdf)


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What We Do

We currently offer two USDA-funded programs for limited-income youth and families, among other nutrition projects.

FOR PARENTS: The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) provides a series of eight practical, hands-on, multilingual nutrition lessons from the Eating Smart*Being Active Curriculum for limited-income parents of young children.

FOR ADULTS & YOUTH: CalFresh Healthy Living provides nutrition education curricula and activities, staff and parent training, and technical support for qualifying pre-schools, schools, and agencies.

OTHER: Nutrition staff may provide technical expertise for community grants, committees, and other projects by request.


TWIGS Curriculum

The TWIGS (Teams With Intergenerational Support) Youth Development Program is a locally developed curriculum that helps children learn about healthy food choices through a connection to gardening.

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. 

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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.

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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.

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