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Welcome to Nutrition Services!

  We are proud to offer at all school levels several entrée choices where students can have a nutritious meal that fits their tastes. School meals are healthier while having great taste. We are going back to cooking meals from scratch and developing various recipes at BHS Central Kitchen. All our schools serve nutritious meals daily that meet requirements established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.


School Lunch served at all school sites.


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Robert Semple Elementary School
Mary Farmar Elementary School

Joe Henderson Elementary School

Benicia Middle School
Benicia High School and
Liberty High School.

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What's new this year?

Joe Henderson Elementary School will be serving breakfast every morning from 8:10 am to 8:30 am in the multi purpose room/cafeteria.

Benicia Middle School will be serving breakfast every morning from 8:00 am to 8:30 am, one window open for the outside lines and will be serving  a second chance for breakfast (if your students did not get a chance to eat earlier) at Nutrition Break. All windows will be open for our students.


What’s for Lunch? 

Every day at school the elementary cafeteria provides many healthy choices for lunch. There are up to three entrees; we have a scratch cooked entrée, a student favorite meal and a meatless choice. Every day we are offering a salad bar with fresh vegetables, a variety of fresh fruits, a home made fresh specialty salad, 100% fruit juices and two types of milk, 1% white milk and non-fat chocolate milk. On some days, a hot vegetable and/or cookies are also on the menu.


At Middle school we are offering over ten choices of entrées every day, a variety of scratch cooked entrées, student favorite meals and meatless choices. Ala carte snacks are offered for the students that like to purchase them and those snacks are not part of the lunch meal.


At High School we offer over fifteen choices of entrees every day, a variety of scratch cooked entrées, student favorite meals and meatless choices. We have a salad bar for the students that like to build their own salads as an entrée. We will have thirteen lines open during lunch time to provide a variety of foods that support healthy eating habits and fast service. Ala carte snacks are offered for the students that like to purchase them and those snacks are not part of the lunch meal.


While students are encouraged to take one food item from each food group (entrée, vegetable, fruit and milk), BUSD Food and Nutrition Services practices an “offer vs. serve” policy.  The intent of “offer vs. serve” in the school lunch program is to minimize waste by not making students take food they do not want. As they pass through the cafeteria line, each child is allowed to pick up to four items or as few as two items (as long as the two items are not the same).


In an effort to provide nutrient rich meals to students, new USDA regulations focus on the healthy nutrition benefits of milk and no longer allow us to offer water as a part of the lunch meal. CNS encourages all students to carry refillable water bottles for proper hydration and to support “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” efforts. The Benicia USD Food & Nutrition Department will also support our Eco Academy and will have Boxed Water for sale at all school sites.


All meals meet or exceed USDA guidelines for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. If a parent wishes that their children not purchase Ala Carte items at Middle and High Schools they need to contact us to block that option on their child’s account.

Our Food & Nutrition Services has been approved to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pilot Project for the Procurement of Unprocessed Fruits and Vegetables beginning school year (SY) 2018–2019. Our allocated entitlement for the pilot has been set at $5,000 for the 2018-19 SY. The goal of the Pilot Project is to develop additional opportunities for schools to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables with entitlement funding, while using pre-existing commercial distribution channels and school relationships with growers, produce wholesalers, and distributors. The pilot supports the use of locally-grown foods in school meal programs using entitlement funds.

Check our new School Year Menus and our Salad Bars!





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We have a great The Salad Bar at our High School and all Elementary Schools! The salad bar has a variety of vegetables and fruits... click here to learn all about our salad bars!



A sample of the steps we have taken to make our school meals even better:


  • Eliminate items that contain Trans fat.
  • Increased number of whole grain items.
  • Limit the amount of sugar in breakfast cereals to a maximum of 10 grams per serving.
  • Emphasize the use of whole grain and whole wheat products in breads, pizza crust, breakfast entrées,   cereals and many of our snacks.
  • Serve 100% fruit juice.
  • No fried foods on our menu. All potato products are baked.
  • Increased the number of food items at all grade levels that are reduced fat.
  • Only offer low-fat white (15 g sugar) & chocolate milk (19 g sugar).
  • Increased the amount of foods cooked from scratch.
  •  All elementary schools feature an expanded salad bar featuring 10 items consisting of fresh fruits and vegetables and canned fruit in light syrup or natural juice.

Last year we served approximately 300 breakfasts daily within the 3 breakfast schools and approximately 1,800 lunches on a daily basis in our 8 schools. Elementary students are offered a nutritious breakfast and/or lunch. Middle & High school students do not have a set menu as Food & Nutrition Services adapts the menu items to student preferences but both offer a variety of foods available through the traditional lunch line.


Automated point of service system is in use at every school location.  Students enter a personal identification number to account for the meal. Food & Nutrition Services encourages parents to pre-pay for student meals. Parents are also encouraged to check their student account balances to ensure funds are available. When a student’s account is low, a reminder notice will be sent home to the student.


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Make prepayments to your child's meal account at MySchoolBucks here!

We hope that the 2018 – 2019 school year is a great one for you!

Remember to:

Eat healthy, Play healthy, Stay healthy



Food & Nutrition Services

Notice: The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19853(b) requires local educational agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to annually notify households about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.

Earned Income Tax Credit Information Act Communication

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