BUSD Food Service Program

Our Vision

  • We believe that good nutrition helps to create a solid foundation for enabling children to learn. Food Services mission is to prepare students for learning by providing healthy, nutritious meals that are cooked on site using fresh food.  We will incorporate a variety of healthy, affordable foods in a clean, friendly environment.


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Food Service Program Manager

  • Rita Kesler, interim
    ​3150 Education Drive
    Santa Rosa, CA 95407
    Phone: 542-5197 ext. 4
    ​Fax: 542-6127


Cooking on Site

  • As many small districts had done to save money and focus on core subjects BUSD outsourced their breakfast and lunch preparation to a larger district, food was made elsewhere and prepped onsite. Even larger districts had centralized their cooking and only prepped at school sites to streamline and save money.

    Through the first LCAP process in 2013-14 the BUSD School Board and community decided making food on site at the schools was a priority worth investing in. The functioning prep kitchens had to be upgraded to current commercial kitchen standards, much like your home kitchen, while adequate for preparing dinner for your family would not be appropriate for catering meals for 400 school children. 
    Bellevue Elementary was selected as a test case. In 2014 the kitchen at Bellevue was upgraded, re-licensed, a cook hired and the school year started with a new, in house, menu (including school garden ingredients when possible) and lauded as a success. The kitchen at Meadow View followed in 2015 and Taylor Mountain in 2016. The goal had been to renovate the kitchen at Kawana Springs next in 2017, but renovation was rescheduled due to unforeseen maintenance projects, infrastructure requirements, as well as budget constraints.  The kitchen at Kawana is part of the current Maintenance & Operations 3-5 year Facility Plan. Necessary plumbing/sewer infrastructure upgrades where completed summer 2020, with architecture plans completed summer 2021.

Free and Reduced Lunch Program

  • We participate in the State and Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. This year we are pleased to announce that we were approved to operate Provision 2 for the next three years! Provision 2 allows us to feed all students enrolled in our schools for free. Click on the link below to read the media release for more information. Newly Enrolled Families are required to submit an Alternative Household Meal Form for participation. Meal Forms should be turned into your child's school office. You can download a copy of the Meal Forms below.

    Alternative Household Income Form-English   

    Alternative Household Income Form-Spanish  

    Provision 2 Media Release

Wellness Policy

  • Non-Discrimination Statement

    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:  http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

     And Justice for All

    En Español

    De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

    Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

    Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Spanish_Form_508_Compliant_6_8_12_0.pdf. y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

    (1)        correo: 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; o
    (3)        correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov.

    Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.