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Nutrition Services

Welcome to Mother Lode Union School District Nutrition Services!

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Our department is made up of a small but dedicated staff of professionals who truly care about the well-being of our students in the Mother Lode District.  We understand the importance of providing nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch and the link they provide in enhancing children’s ability to learn in the classroom.


Healthy meals are available to all students in our school’s cafeterias.  The school breakfast program and the National School Lunch Program provide an opportunity for all students to receive nutritious meals at school.  Both Herbert Green and Indian Creek schools offer a Second Chance Breakfast to our students.  This program is offered during morning recess to those students who were unable to eat breakfast at home or before school.  It is available to all students in the district.


School menus are planned to include appetizing foods students like to eat as well as meet the USDA nutritional requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines.


Current Meal Pattern


Below is a summary of the current meal pattern and what your child can expect from our cafeteria.  


  • Meal Pattern - Meals are based on the 5 components of My Plate
    • Meat/Meat Alternate
    • Grains
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Milk
  • Reimbursable Meal - Students will need to select at least 3 out of the 5 components.  Students must take 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable.
  • Fruits & Vegetables - We offer subgroups of vegetables with minimum amounts each week.  Subgroups include red/orange, dark green leafy, beans/legumes, starchy.
  • Grains - Minimum amount each week.  Half the grain items offered on the menu must be Whole Grain-Rich (first ingredient is the whole grain).
  • Meat/Meat Alternate - Minimum amount each week.
  • Milk - Low-fat (1%) and non-fat (skim) are only allowed.  Flavored milk must be non-fat. 
  • Calories - Lunches must fall within a range of calories specific to the grade group.
  • Sodium (Salt) - The amount of sodium allowed will gradually decrease each year.

Apply Online for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Mother Lode Union School District is pleased to announce the availability of applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals online! The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere!

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Safe & Secure

We use the highest level of data encryption available, meaning that your information is always safe and guarded.


Private & Available

Apply online in the comfort and privacy of your own home.The online service is available 24/7 anytime, anywhere there is an Internet connection!



Your data is transmitted to the Mother Lode Union School District Nutrition Office the same day you apply, allowing for quicker processing so you can receive benefits faster.


Go Green

No more paper applications to complete and return to the school office!Applying online is so convenient and good for the environment as well!  

Apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals Online!


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;


(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or


(3)       email:


Mother Lode Union School District is an equal opportunity provider.



(Espanol/Spanish Translation)


De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.


Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.


Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:


(1)       correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; o


(3)       correo electrónico:


Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.