Nutrition Program

DCYF’s Nutrition Programs are designed to ensure that young people's basic nutrition needs as well as to help youth establish a healthy relationship with food. The nutrition programs include:

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The afterschool meal program

The Afterschool Meal Program is a USDA federally-funded child nutrition program that provides free afterschool snacks and suppers in high need areas in San Francisco to any youth age 18 and under.

2019-2020 Afterschool Meal Program

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The Summer Meal Program

The Summer Meal Program is a USDA federally-funded child nutrition program that provides free lunch and snack in high need areas in San Francisco to any youth 18 and under. The program provides free lunch and snack for youth when school is not in session, even if they are not enrolled in a specific summer program.

  • The Summer Meals Program 2019 will run from June 5, 2019 to August 16, 2019.

    • The 2019 Summer Meal Program Application is now closed. Please contact for any questions. 

    • For "closed" sites, please see the required income eligibility forms in English and in Spanish. If you need income eligibility forms in other languages, please send your request to


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.

For the 2018-2023 grant cycle, all programs serving food to youth must have in place a formal, written nutrition policy. This policy must describe the type of food and beverage that will be provided to youth and the program's approach to how and when these items will be served.

A sample template of a written nutrition policy can be found by clicking here. DCYF grantees can register for workshops on either October 24th or October 29th. Workshops are meant for agencies who have questions about submitting their own policy or have a questions about the template. To register, please click here.

For the full DCYF Nutrition Standards and Policy Guidelines, please click here.


USDA nondiscrimination statement

The following USDA nondiscrimination statement was released on November 19, 2015:

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:, 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:

  • MAIL

    U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

    1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

  • FAX (202) 690-7442


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.