Welcome to Nutrition Services!
Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.
The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Food Service's produces approximately 4,000 meals daily for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District, Valley Home, Knights Ferry, and special programs. The food service staff takes great care in producing a safe and wholesome meal for each of our customers that participate at each of the school sites. Staff members are trained regularly to insure meals are produced to meet USDA standards and local health department guidelines.
Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
Households with children who have food allergies are required to have a Medical Request for Special Meals form filled out by your child's physician before meal substitution can take place.
NEW DIRECTOR, NEW DIRECTION, BETTER FUTURE FOR ALL!
I am Chef Jason Beach and I am the new NUTRITION SERVICES Director for OJUSD and I am so thankful for the opportunity to join this amazing OJUSD team. I would like to give you a brief description of my background. I have 2 degrees in culinary arts, and associates degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Las Vegas in Culinary Science and a Bachelors degree from Scottsdale Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu in Culinary Management. I have helped open restaurants in Las Vegas and Scottsdale, Worked for Disney World, Roka Akor, as well as the former highly acclaimed Stevenson Ranch Golf Club. When I stepped into school nutrition I was at one time the youngest Food Service Director in the country and was used by FSMC (Food Service Management Company) to travel the country and help fix school nutrition programs that were struggling with bad menus, morale, and budget. I have below a quick video/documentary where my former district was showcased, this was a special production that aired on PBS. The documentary had won an Emmy award and is called " HUNGER IN THE VALLEY OF PLENTY" and was produced by Scott Anger, with journalists Natasha Del Toro and Sasha Khokha.
At OJUSD safety is our priority, we fully realize that keeping your students safe and healthy starts with proper Food Safety. So we make sure to put our full efforts towards bringing in quality product that is inspected upon delivery, training our staff so that they know all the dangers that can lie in the kitchen environment, and keeping strict HACCP rules in place.
Each school sites has a staff member that has been certified through the state approved Serv Safe certification program, which instructs participants on how to properly store, prepare, and serve foods. The Central Kitchen has multiple certified staff members.
Food thermometers are tested and calibrated on a regular basis, frequent temperature readings are taken during production for foods being cooked, held, and served.
Critical Control Points are monitored regarding proper internal temperatures for cooking and holding food
- Cold Foods are held at 40°F or below
- Hot Foods are cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165°F
- Hot Foods are held at 140°F or above
Staff is instructed on proper procedures for Hand washing and the use of disposable gloves during food production and service. Surfaces and utensils are sanitized before use.
Each serving site is inspected by the county health department.
Refrigerators and freezers are monitored daily and temperatures are logged to insure proper temperatures for storage.
FOOD ALLERGIES are no joke! If you have a student that may require meal accommodations please click the link below for more information on how to apply for an alternative meal:
Notice: The California Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) Section 19853(b) requires local educational agencies (LEA) that operate the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to annually notify households about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Information Act.