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The Student Nutrition & Wellness Department at Oak Park Unified School District is dedicated to promoting the health and success of every student. We believe that classroom achievement is inextricably linked to a well-balanced meal on the plate. As participants in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, we plan our menus according to the nutrition guidelines established by the USDA. Our board-approved district Wellness Policy further delineates additional, higher nutrition and food standards by which our program abides.

Our mission is to offer meals that prioritize student health and acceptance, celebrate and respect cultural diversity, promote environmental stewardship, and honor the individuals who grow, harvest, and prepare the food we eat. We carefully consider freshness and quality by sourcing locally-grown and produced ingredients whenever possible. We strive to use products that are free of artificial sweeteners, flavors, colors, and chemical additives. We pay particular attention to selecting foods that have short ingredients lists that any 3rd-grader can read. Most importantly, we pay tribute to the slow food tradition by scratch-cooking our meals using minimally-processed ingredients.

California Thursdays              


In April 2015, OPUSD joined a coalition of 42 school districts to become a part of the California Thursdays initiative in which we committed to offering a freshly-cooked lunch made from primarily California-grown and produced ingredients every Thursday.
Since our district already prepares the majority of our meals from scratch, the challenge was and continues to be seeking out the ingredients that fit the requirements. However, after the success of our California Thursdays kick-off events at each school, we made the decision to use California-grown foods whenever possible in all of our meals, every day of the week. This commitment includes using exclusively antibiotic-free, free range chicken and offering seasonal varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Carole Ly
Director of Student Nutrition & Wellness

 Updated 8.1.15