Nutrition Program

The Department of Children, Youth and Their Families 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.

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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 for children and youth. DCYF is a local sponsor of this program: we provide financial and administrative support to ensure that free snacks and suppers are provided to sites that serve children and youth in high need areas of San Francisco. School year 2016-2017 was the first year that DCYF is offering suppers as part of the afterschool meals program. Afterschool suppers and snacks are available 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. 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.


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.