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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
Benicia High School and
Liberty High School.

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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. We also have a salad bar for our middle school students everyday where they can make their own salad or just take their choice of fruit and/or vegetable. 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 thatlike 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.


Check our new School Year Menus and our Salad Bars!





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We introduced The Salad Bar at our Middle and High School! 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.

We serve approximately 200 breakfasts daily within the 3 breakfast schools and approximately 1,500 lunches on a daily basis in our 7 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.


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Each month we will feature a different fruit or vegetable for our students to get to know better...

October launches our 2016-2017 school year's Benicia USD Harvest of the Month!

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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 2015 – 2016 school year is a great one for you!

Remember to:

Eat healthy, Play healthy, Stay healthy



Food & Nutrition Services