SUHSD cafeterias increase vegan, vegetarian menu options

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Sweetwater Union High School District expanded the number of menu options served in cafeterias by including more inclusive items that meet the dietary needs of vegan and vegetarian students.

Using locally-sourced ingredients, school gardens and clean-label foods, SUHSD’s Nutrition Services have created delicious new menu items that appeal to all palates and meet federal nutritional regulations. The district’s goal is to establish a welcoming and inclusive cafeteria environment and offers food that everyone, even the teachers and the meat-eaters, want to eat.

To accomplish this goal, school kitchen managers will be participating in free culinary training programs that help them adopt more plant-based foods, expand their culinary skills, and encourage them to test new flavor profiles from around the world.

The Sweetwater District is also piloting a program that combines strategies from marketing, psychology and economics to promote positive lunch spaces that make choosing healthy foods easier for students. The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement has been implemented at Montgomery High School and Eastlake High School, and it expected to reduced food waste and increased student satisfaction.

About the Sweetwater Union High School District

The Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) is the largest secondary school district in California, with more than 42,000 enrolled students and 32,000 adult learners. The district is headquartered in Chula Vista and operates a total of 29 schools: 14 high schools, 11 middle schools, and 4 adult schools. Located in southern San Diego County, near the Mexican border, the district serves the diverse communities of Imperial Beach, National City, Chula Vista, and San Ysidro. Since 1920, the district has won numerous awards for its innovative programs and commitment to student success.

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Company Name: Sweetwater Union High School District
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City: Chula Vista
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Website: www.sweetwaterschools.org/