San Mateo County Health Partners with San Mateo County Office of Education to Support Local School Food Service Programs
Schools in San Mateo County are stepping up to meet the nutritional needs of their students with implementation of universal school meals. While school meals are currently available to all students at no-cost through a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture as a strategy to address food insecurity as a result of the pandemic, the waiver will expire at the end of the school year. Fortunately, California law will allow for universal meals to continue after this school year. In order for schools to meet the expected increase in demand, partners from across San Mateo County are working to provide support to local district food service programs. San Mateo County Health staff is supporting Ravenswood School District with school meal promotions, food preference survey for middle school students. We are also working with staff from the San Mateo County Office of Education, the University of California Cooperative Extension, the Office of Sustainability, Second Harvest of Silicon Valley and others to address challenges that districts are experiencing.