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Nutrition Programs


Bento BoxDCYF is committed to the health and nutrition of San Francisco's youth. The Department funds a wide range of food and nutrition initiatives and sets standards for grantees to follow when serving meals and snacks as part of their programs. These standards and initiatives are intended to help youth establish a healthy relationship with food, and ensure that young people's basic nutrition needs are met, particularly for youth who may otherwise go hungry.

The Summer Meal Program

The Summer Meal Program is a USDA federally-funded child nutrition program. The program provides free lunch and snack for youth when school is not in session. DCYF is a local sponsor of this program, which means we provide financial and administrative support to ensure that FREE meals are available in all high need neighborhoods of San Francisco to any youth 18 and under. This program aims to serve all high need children in the community, even if they are not enrolled in a specific summer program. For more information about applying as a summer food distribution site, please see the FAQs for the 2016 Program.

The Afterschool Supper and Snack Program

Formerly known as the Afterschool Snack Program, the Afterschool Supper and Snack Program is a USDA federally-funded child nutrition program providing free snacks for youth in their afterschool program. DCYF is a local sponsor of this program, which means we provide financial and administrative support to ensure that FREE meals are available to selected afterschool sites and youth in high need areas of neighborhoods of San Francisco. This is the first year that DCYF is offering suppers as part of the afterschool meals program. The afterschool supper and snacks are available to any youth 18 and under. For more information about the new Afterschool Supper and Snack Program, please see the FAQs for the 2016-2017 DCYF Afterschool Supper and Snacks Program.

Information About Nutrition Standards for DCYF Grantees

In an effort to demonstrate a commitment to health and nutrition, DCYF has developed the following standards for food and beverages made available to youth at DCYF-funded programs:

DCYF-funded programs make healthy foods and beverages available to participants, limit unhealthy foods, emphasize appropriate portion sizes, and encourage staff to model healthy eating behaviors. Programs encourage youth to drink water, and avoid serving sugar-sweetened beverages such as soda or sports drinks. 

DCYF’s standard is not intended to restrict food resources for youth, but instead support nutrition and create healthier environments for children, youth and families.

Click here for DCYF's full Nutrition Standards document. 

Other Nutrition Information from Outside Resources

1. Child Nutrition and Cooking (Online video courses from Stanford School of Medicine)


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Last updated: 7/7/2016 9:42:59 AM
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