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Chapter 15. Child Nutrition Programs Subchapter 1. Food Sales, Food Service, And Nutrition Education Article 5. California Fresh Start Pilot Program Requirements for Participation.   

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All school districts and charter schools that operate a SBP are eligible to participate in the CFS Pilot Program. To receive reimbursement, the school district or charter school shall:

(a)(1) Provide one or more supplemental servings of nutritious fruits or vegetables, or both, at breakfast, at no additional charge to a pupil and give priority to serving fresh fruits or vegetables;

(2) If already serving two nutritious fruits and/or vegetables at a site during breakfast, the district or charter school may provide one to two servings of nutritious fruits or vegetables for after school snacks. Such snacks do not need to be provided through the NSLP, but if they are, serving size requirements may differ from the one-half (1/2) cup required for the CFS Pilot Program.

(b) Spend at least 90 percent of the CFS Pilot Program funding received on the direct purchase of nutritious fruits or vegetables, or both, and give priority to purchasing fresh fruits or vegetables while adhering to state and federal procurement requirements.

(c) Not spend any of the funding for the purchase of juice or for the provision of fruits and vegetables that have been deep fried.

(d) Provide data as required by the independent evaluator pursuant to Education Code section 49565.7(b).

(e) Expend the CFS Pilot Program reimbursement funds only for the benefit of participating school sites.

(f) Claim reimbursement only for meals that provide at least one serving of a nutritious fruit and/or vegetable that is not juice or a fruit or vegetable that has been deep fried. Reimbursement can be claimed for meals served on all or some school days.

(g) Promote the consumption of California-grown fruits and vegetables through the tasting and sampling of nutritious fruits and vegetables as part of nutrition education at school sites participating in the CFS Pilot Program. Strategies for nutrition education that include tasting and sampling of nutritious fruits or vegetables, or both, may include, but are not limited to:

(1) Educational sampling and tasting supported with nutrition education.

(2) An offering of fruits or vegetables in the classroom that is reinforced with nutrition and agricultural bulletins.

(3) A monthly school campus farmers' market that highlights California fruits and vegetables for the student body to sample and taste, including:

(A) Demonstration markets that allow students or school-sponsored organizations to sell and offer samples of California's fruits and vegetables, obtained by the school, school district, or school organization directly from farmers to students.

(B) Certified farmers' markets operated by, or in coordination with, students or school-sponsored organizations, on school grounds, in compliance with applicable state statutes and regulations.

(4) A produce sampling program that supports a school garden's harvest through additional purchases of local, in-season fruits or vegetables to be used for a sampling and tasting program for the school campus featuring what is growing in the school garden.

Authority cited:

Education Code 33031

Education Code 49565.8


Education Code 49565

Education Code 49565.1

Education Code 49565.2

Education Code 49565.3

Education Code 49565.4

Education Code 49565.6

(Amended by Register 2006, No. 35.)