no cost breakfast and lunch

California was the first state in the nation to adopt a statewide Universal Meals Program law for all school children, thus elevating school meals as an integral part of a quality education system.

Beginning in School Year (SY) 2022–23, the California Universal School Meal Program will provide the opportunity for all students to reach their full academic potential by fueling their brains and nurturing their social-emotional needs for optimal learning. The California Universal Meals Program is designed to build on the foundations of the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) and to supplement, not replace, federal requirements.

The students of Hollister School District (HSD) do not pay for meals. HSD, Student Nutrition meal programs are operating under the USDA, Community Eligibility Provision. This Provision using data from other Public Reporting agencies to determine eligibility status for some of our students. We take those percentages and apply it to the formula set up by USDA. This provides us the the percentages of F/R students in our area.

Due to this provision, HSD Student Nutrition Department does not require Household meal applications to be filled out. Because the Community Eligibility Provision does not require household applications, the school district does need the information. If you are a new to our district family, please visit the Business Department webpage and fill out the Alternative Income Form for LCFF. This information is used to help fund our schools.



USDA has Strict Guidelines for

Foods served in our Schools?

Every Meal!

Our students MUST choose to take at least One serving of a fruit and/or One serving of a vegetable

Students want to choose!

At lunch, schools are required to offer all 5 food groups

(Meat/meat alternate, Grain, Fruit, Vegetable, & fluid Milk)

BUT...student's can choose to take only 3 of the 5 choices with ONE selections MUST BE a fruit and/or a vegetable.

Make Healthy Food Choices



What about OTHER food in schools? What are the rules for competitive foods?

All public non-charter schools participating in the NSLP (school lunch) or SBP (school breakfast) programs must follow the state and federal requirements for competitive foods and beverages.

Tap here for a link to find out the requirements.

Why are there so many rules?

To reinforce healthy habits at schools, foods have limits and nutritional requirements. Children today are facing many challenges and creating healthy schools and learning environments are a crutial part of focusing on the whole student. Competitive foods are often of little nutritional value and are high in sugar and fat. Research consistently shows that children who eat healthier perform better in school. Making healthy food choices can lead to other better choices throughout the day as well as curb overweight problems and obesity. Let's pull together and help our children make healthy food choices.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: