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Del Mar Union School District

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Student Nutrition Program

Welcome to the Del Mar Union School District Child Nutrition Services Department

Welcome to the Del Mar Union School District Child Nutrition Services Department

Universal School Meals Program

Universal School Meals Program

For the 2021 – 2022 School Year, the Del Mar Union School District continues to participate in the National School Lunch Program which requires a qualified application to be approved for free or reduced-price meals. 
On July 9 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 130 (AB 130) which included a universal school meals provision to commence with the 2022 – 2023 school year, pending Legislature appropriation of funds.  
With AB 130, the Legislature added Education Code section 49501.5 which, if funding is appropriated by the Legislature, will require meals for all students in K12 public schools beginning in the 2022-2023 school year.  Although, the federal government, via the USDA, has agreed to reimburse school districts for meals for all students for the 2021-2022 school year, the reimbursement rate that the USDA is issuing through an extension of the Seamless Summer Program is below the District’s current price per meal.
To participate in the Summer Seamless Program which has been extended to June 2022 is cost prohibitive to DMUSD.  Unlike many other school districts, DMUSD does not have a kitchen to prepare meals.  Our meal services are provided through a contract with a private vendor, and under that contract the price per meal along with the overhead costs such as salary, materials and supplies, and training exceeds the proposed rate of reimbursement. 
The District is engaged in efforts to be prepared to participate in the Universal School Meals Program in the 2022-2023 school year, assuming the Legislature appropriates funding. 
DMUSD continues to monitor the universal meals proposal and will provide additional information regarding free meals for all students for the 2022 – 2023 school year when details are available. 
Please click here to download an application for free or reduced-price meals for the 2021 – 2022 school year. 
The CalFresh Program  

The CalFresh Program  

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Federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.  CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.
Our School Lunch Program

Our School Lunch Program

Child Nutrition Services exists to provide excellent meal service to students through the foods we serve, the interactions we have, and the customer service we provide to families, students, and administrators.
Del Mar Union School District continues to participate in the National School Lunch Program.  For students, this program provides nutritious meals that comply with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  For parents, the National School Lunch Program enhances students’ learning abilities by contributing to their physical and mental well-being.  Studies show that children whose nutritional needs are met have fewer attendance and disciplinary problems and are more attentive in class.
Nutrition In School

Nutrition In School

In Del Mar, we are firm believers that eating nutritious and healthy meals directly impacts students’ ability to learn and focus while in school.  We are dedicated to providing the best possible quality foods for our students while presenting them with many choices to expand their knowledge of healthy foods and healthy eating habits.  We advise all parents to view our district’s Wellness Policy (available in the quick links section of this page) and to encourage your students to participate in the School Lunch Program.
We look forward to serving you this year.                 
Michelle Bothe
Child Nutrition Services
Business Services
Administrative Assistant
(858) 755 - 9301 Ext. 3670
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:
 USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.
To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
 1)    mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
            Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
            Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2)    fax: (202) 690-7442; or
3)    email:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.