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1505 East Main Avenue  Morgan Hill, CA 95117


We are thrilled to announce that our Student Nutrition Department is Eat Real Certified at the green tier. This achievement demonstrates our unwavering commitment to serving nutritious, local and high-quality meals that support the health and well-being of our students. (link to the right)

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During the certification process, Eat Real evaluated our program against their ten standards, which go well beyond federal and state child nutrition program regulations, and we are proud to have met and exceeded these standards. 

Here are some examples of the impact on student meals made possible through the Eat Real certification process: 

  • Local and sustainable sourcing:  We work with 8 local and/or organic famers in the region and are now sourcing over 60% of our produce from local or regional producers. We are also super excited to be one of the first districts to use Freight Farms on campus to grow our own produce! Our FarmTech program provides 450 pounds of spring mix lettuce each week and serves as a productive learning tool to our campus. 

  • Reducing sugar: We have eliminated an average of 34 pounds of added sugar per student per year! To achieve this, we reworked our breakfast menu removing sugary items as well as no longer offering juices and flavored milk. We’ve also been sourcing or making our own sauces, dressing and condiments so that they have less than 6 grams of added sugar. 

  • Minimized food waste: To date, our sustainability efforts have decreased our trash bin waste from 4 bins per day to just one—a huge achievement for our district and our planet. We have recently shifted to a bulk milk program, eliminating over 125,000 milk cartons annually, as well as offering biodegradable service trays, silverware, and eliminating plastic straws and single use plastic water bottles. 

  • Quality animal proteins: In addition to sourcing produce from local farmers, we’ve also been procuring animal proteins from renowned providers. These include regenerative ground beef patties & hot dogs from Richards Ranch, organic milk from Straus Family Creamery, and chicken and pork products without antibiotics. 

We are committed to continually improving our nutrition program and providing healthy and delicious meals to our students. Read more about our Eat Real certification and Eat Real’s mission to nourish the future by increasing school kids’ access to the delicious, nutritious, planet-sustaining food they need to thrive.

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