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Welcome to Nutrition Services!


The Lodi Unified School District is excited to implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) starting the 2018-2019 school year for qualifying schools.  Please visit our page here for more information regarding the program, including a list of participating schools. 




Nutrition Services on Good Day Sacramento

Watch Donna Harvell from McNair High School on Good Day Sacramento as she demonstrates how we celebrate National School Lunch Week!


HealthierUS School Challenge

The HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms award recognizes schools that go above and beyond Federal requirements within the entire school nutrition environment by creating healthier menus, engergizing students, and engaging the community.

In Lodi Unified, 41 schools received either the silver or bronze award for meeting required criteria in the categories of focus on healthy food items, ensuring students receive well-rounded combination meals, lunchroom atmosphere, and student & community involvement.

Visit the USDA web site to see a complete list of California award winners.


Meet Our Food Service Innovators

The Center for Ecoliteracy has selected two members of our staff to receive the Ecoliteracy Innovation Award for striving "to do more, ensuring students enjoy a freshly prepared meal, served with care."  

Anna Mowrey
Elementary Cafeteria Manager
Lodi Unified School District
Innovation: Boosting Taste with Flavor Stations

Anna is the original Lodi “Spice Girl,” a nickname earned after implementing the district’s first flavor station. Anna’s launch of her flavor station, featuring a variety of spices, lemons, and hot sauces, proved so successful they are now featured in all 55 schools of Lodi Unified. Soon after the launch, Anna discovered that her usual produce order had to increase because students were taking more fruits and vegetables and seasoning them at the flavor stations. Through her years working in school cafeterias, Anna has come to realize the positive impact she can have on a child, which inspires her to do more.

Anna Mowrey: "Our students are told all day long what they can or cannot do. The flavor station is something that gives them a choice. And it’s working; students are choosing more fresh food and throwing away less than before."

Donna Harvell
High School Cafeteria Manager
Lodi Unified School District
Innovation: Enhancing the School Meal Experience

From photo booths to roving sample carts, Donna searches every day for new ways to serve more students. As a high school cafeteria manager, she ensures the 1700 meals served daily at her four main serving lines, salad bar, two carts, and two snack bars set the standard of how school food should taste and look. She has the unique ability to inspire others, encouraging her staff to connect with the students and take pride in their work. She knows her students may not have access to healthy food and if she can get a student to try her meals, she’ll have a return customer, meaning they are receiving the food they need to develop, learn, and be their best selves.

Donna Harvell: "If we are not trying to serve every baby in this school, every day, then what are we here for?"

See the full article with all the award winners here.




The Food Service Staff at Lodi Unified School District is dedicated to providing students and staff members with attractive, well balanced, and nutritious meals.

We value all students and staff as our customers. 

We strive to provide the best possible quality foods, services and nutritional knowledge to our students and employees. We want to be the friendliest and most efficient school food service establishment in San Joaquin County.


Apply Online

We are now accepting free and reduced lunch applications for the 2018-2019 school year.

  • Fill out only one application per household.  List all household members and income.
  • You must complete a new application each school year.
  • If you require a paper version of the application, you may obtain one at the school site or at the Food Services district office.



MySchoolBucks is your online portal to see information and pay your student's school meals.  Adding funds to your students account is easy.  There is no processing fee to add funds online.


¡Bienvenidos! El USDA a través del Centro de Políticas y Promoción de Nutrición está lanzando nuevos materiales en español para la audiencia Hispana, en conmemoración del mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana y para incrementar el reconocimiento de MiPlato – el complemento en español de MyPlate. La nueva en la serie de 10 consejos de nutrición, celebra nuevas maneras de preparar comidas saludables y al mismo tiempo satisfacer preferencias culturales y diversidad étnica.

To celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and increase awareness about MiPlato – the Spanish complement to MyPlate – the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is launching new resources for Spanish-speaking audiences. The new tip sheet celebrates ways to prepare healthier foods to meet diverse ethnic and cultural preferences.

 10 Tips