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School meal programs nationwide are experiencing many of the same supply chain issues that have impacted restaurants and grocery stores throughout the pandemic. Just as families had to make substitutions on grocery lists last year, schools will have to make many last-minute changes to our regular menus, based on availability. We hope parents and students will be patient as we sort through these supply chain issues. We may not have the same number of menu choices that we typically offer our students, but we’ll be sure that all students are nourished and ready to learn.

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Free Meals for Children ages 1 - 18 at all school sites continues, so please join us!

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Students can get free meals at every school in the cafeteria!!!

Free Meals for Children Ages 1 - 18, at all school sites so join us




2021-2022 School Year Free/Reduced Applications

Newark Unified School District is pleased to announce the availability of applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals ONLINE, for the 2021-2022 school year!  The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere!

If your student is not currently enrolled in Newark Unified School District, we will not be able to process your application, so please make sure you have completed the enrollment of your student(s) before applying, as this will delay the completion of the application.

No paper application is required if you apply online. I encourage you to fill your application out online, which will save you time by allowing you to fill it out whenever is convenient for you, and not having to pick up a paper application. If you would prefer to apply in person, you are more than welcome to pick up a paper application at your student’s school office, or the Child Nutrition Office located at 37370 Birch St.

Please be aware that we are not able to use the application from the 2017-2018 school year, due to changes in the requested information. Families who qualified for our Free or Reduced Program in the 2017-2018 school year, will only be able to continue in the program for the first 30 days of the school year. You will need to fill out a new application for your student(s) to continue with these services for the new school year.

If you have any questions, please contact the Child Nutrition Services Department at (510) 818-4281.


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Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

The Child Nutrition Services Department recognizes the connection between a healthy diet and a student's ability to learn. Students who make nutritious food choices give themselves an edge for optimal mental and physical performance. Our Child Nutrition staff takes a great deal of pride in the quality of the meals they prepare.

Nutritional information on any foods served can be obtained by calling the Child Nutrition Services Department.





The Newark Unified School District participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. To comply with Federal guidelines, all food must be prepared and stored properly and menus must be analyzed to ensure students are receiving the prescribed amounts of calories, fat, fiber, and nutrients.

All food products and recipes are analyzed. Recipes are modified to reduce the fat and sodium, animal protein is decreased and whole grains and pasta are increased. Computers have been installed in all our cafeterias.

Each student has been issued a Student Identification Card. Each card is printed with the student's name, homeroom, grade, and a bar code representing the student's I.D. number. Computers enable the CND to maintain the confidentiality of students' eligibility for free or reduced-price meals as required by the Federal guidelines and to track student meals and sales. Personal checks for a minimum of 10 lunches are accepted for meal payments. A $25 service fee is charged for all checks returned. Prepayments decrease the time students must wait in the lunch line to be served.

As part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program, NUSD provides free and reduced-price meals for children who meet the eligibility criteria. A new application must be submitted each school year. Applications for free or reduced meals are available in each school office and the Child Nutrition Office, which is located at 37370 Birch St., Newark CA, 94560.

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