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Food & Nutrition Services

More Nutrition Resources

Looking for more information about healthy food and cooking? The following websites provide helpful information for families and educators.

MyPlate is a USDA website designed to help families make healthier food choices. It includes checklists of the daily targets for food groups for all age groups.

More Matters, sponsored by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, offers recipes, tips, and nutritional information aimed at helping people eat more fruits and vegetables.

Eat Right A project of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this website provides a wide range of information on nutrition, cooking, and food shopping for parents.

Team Nutrition, provided by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service offers resources on healthy eating and lifestyles for schools, educators and parents.

Health Food Resources in Alameda County

The Alameda County Community Food Bank has produced this Guide to Healthy Resources in Alameda County, which includes information on emergency food resources, the CalFresh program, the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, Head Start, Free and Reduced School Meals, and Meals on Wheels.

About Food & Nutrition Services

The Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Department is committed to providing every student daily access to fresh, nutritious meals that meet or exceed federal, state, and AUSD guidelines. We provide about 2000 lunches to elementary school students and 1300 lunches to middle and high school students daily. We also serve breakfast at most of our sites.


FNS staff follow nutritional guidelines published by the United States Department of Agriculture. In addition, we offer salad bars and whole grain breads, pastas, pizza, and cereals at every school site. And we avoid the use of trans-fats, antibiotics, growth hormones, and high fructose corn syrup. Much of our food is made from scratch in our central kitchen, and over the last several years, we have begun incorporating more and more locally produced produce in our meals.

Letter to AUSD families about school meals (August 9, 2018)

Links for Food and Nutrition Services

Questions? Please contact our office by phone (510) 337-7078, via email at or in person at our district office (2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA 94501).

Free and Reduced Meals

Students who receive free and reduced price meals benefit from getting the food and nutrition they need to learn. But  being a part of this program also provides other benefits for students, including:

  • Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • American College Testing (ACT) fee waiver of basic registration fee 
  • College applications
  • SAT Prep Classes
  • Advance Placement (AP) Exams 

To learn more, please visit our Free and Reduced-Price Meal page.

flyer for free summer meals program
Non-Discrimination Policy

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:


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; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Food & Nutrition Services Contacts

2060 Challenger Drive
Alameda, CA 94501

Phone: (510) 337-7079
FAX: (510) 337-7152

James Assia
Director Food & Nutrition Services
(510) 337-7044


Wendy Huang
Operations Manager
(510) 337-7078


Pat Constantine
Operations Manager
(510) 337-7931


Andrea Landis 
Accounting Technician
Phone: (510) 337-7079
FAX: (510) 337-7152

Online School Lunch Debt Donation Link

Over the last year, a number of community members have asked how they can contribute money to help pay off the lunch debts of students whose families cannot afford to do so. We are very grateful for your generosity and community spirit! To make such donations easier, we have partnered with "RevTrak" to create a simple link that community members can use. It takes just minutes to set up an account and then just seconds to make a donation. Please click here to learn more!