Nutrition Services

  • 3222 Winona Way , North Highlands, CA, 95660
  • (916) 566-1600 ext. 50502
  • (916) 566-3521

Our Mission

The Twin Rivers Nutrition Services Department's mission is to provide

our students with high quality, nutritious foods that support lifelong

healthy eating habits.

2017/2018 Meal Prices

Meal Price Increase

In December of 2010 President Obama signed The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-296) making many changes to Child Nutrition Programs.

One of the provisions in this act, "Equity in School Lunch Pricing in the National School Lunch Program", states that effective July 1, 2011, school districts will be required to increase the cost of their paid lunch prices until the average weighted revenue per lunch matches the federal reimbursement rate, which is adjusted for inflation every year.

From data collected in 16/17, the weighted average price our students paid for meals compared to the federal requirement indicated that we must increase the price we charge our students who do not qualify for meal benefits in 17/18.

Our new meal pricing schedule for the 17/18 school year is shown below:

                                        Breakfast         Lunch

Elementary PK-8             $1.50              $2.50

Middle & High School     $1.50              $3.25

Adult Meal                        $2.25              $4.00

New Meal Payment Policy - Due to the high number of meal charges that have gone unpaid, we regret to inform our families that we can no longer allow students to charge meals. We realize there are times when lunch money is forgotten. A student who does not have money to purchase a meal will be given a wholesome, nutritious and well-balanced meal. Students are never given an alternative meal or denied a meal based on their ability to pay. Please see our new Meal Payment Policy below.

If you feel you may qualify for Free or Reduced-Price Meals, please contact the Twin Rivers Nutrition Services Department at 916-566-1600 extension 50527.

2017/2018 - New Meal Payment Policy

Please click on the link below to view Twin River's Policy on Student Wellness.

Would you like to have a FARMER'S MARKET at your school? Check out the information below!

The Smarter Lunchroom Movement

What is a Smarter Lunchroom? 

A Smarter Lunchroom is one that nudges kids towards nutritious foods. Over 30 million children are fed by the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which provides an opportunity for kids to select and consume a balanced diet. The Smarter Lunchroom applies research-based principles that lead children to make healthy choices when provided with the full spectrum of choice.

The Twin Rivers Nutrition Services Department has embraced this concept by creating environments in our cafeterias that nudge kids toward healthful choices. Our Nutritionist, Lisa Vorce, R.D., is a certified trainer in Smarter Lunchrooms and works closely with our staff to optimize our student's choices. Please click here to learn more about the Smarter Lunchroom movement.

Twin Rivers Schools Receive National Recognition

On October 1, 2015, Sandip Kaur, CA Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Services Division Director and Ronna Bach, US Department of Agriculture, Special Nutrition Programs Division Director attended a special event at Woodridge Elementary School to recognize twenty-nine of our principals for completing the HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC). Board President Rebecca Sandoval and Superintendent Steve Martinez, Ed.D were there to honor our principals as well. 

The HUSSC is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. It supports Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign by recognizing schools that are creating healthier school environments through their promotion of good nutrition and physical activity. Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the initiative encourages all schools to take a leadership role in helping students make healthier eating and physical activity choices that will last a lifetime. 

To qualify for an award, a school must submit a formal application and meet basic criteria set forth by the FNS. The HUSSC criteria reflect the recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) published recommendations (April 2007) for foods that should be served outside of the organized school meals program. HealthierUS Schools must meet additional criteria demonstrating its commitment to a healthy school environment, as well as implement a local school wellness policy, as mandated by Congress. Schools receiving a HUSSC award commit to meeting the criteria throughout their four-year certification period.  

Leading the HUSSC application process was our Nutrition Services Nutritionist, Lisa Vorce, RD, SNS. Lisa partnered with our Principals and Nutrition Services staff in making the necessary changes to their school environment by providing students with additional nutrition education and encouraging opportunities for physical activity.  

Schools awarded received a monetary incentive (Bronze $500, Silver $1000, and Gold $1500), an award plaque signed by a USDA official, a banner to display in their school, and their name listed on the national Team Nutrition website. 

Please click here for a list of our HUSSC award winners!

Letters from the Director


The School Nutrition Association Comments on "School Lunch Shaming"

School nutrition professionals are passionate about ensuring students have access to healthy school meals to support academic achievement. Schools work diligently to enroll all eligible students in the free or reduced price meal program. Federal funds cover the cost of meals for students who receive benefits, but school meal programs need to charge non-benefited students to help cover their food and labor costs. Parents and school administrators must work together to prevent escalating unpaid meal debts.

"No school nutrition professional wants to see a child go hungry or feel any shame during mealtime - we dedicate our lives to providing access to healthy, balanced meals to all students. While we can't speak to every district, overwhelmingly, schools today are working to minimize any stigma associated with free or reduced price meals and remove any barriers for students in need," said SNA President Becky Domokos-Bays, PhD, RD, SNS.

Unfortunately, for school meal programs, unpaid school meal debt can become a critical problem that can impact the quality of meals for all students. USDA recently issued regulations mandating that schools implement unpaid meal policies by the start of the 2017/18 school year and they clarified that schools must make efforts to collect debt incurred from unpaid meals. Schools have latitude on what types of policies they implement to account for variables such as school or district size and student demographics.

Communicating the unpaid meal policy with the school community across all channels is vital to any policy's successful implementation.

"Healthy school meals are just as important to academic achievement as the textbooks that students receive. We all need to work together to ensure every student has access to the nutrition they need to succeed." said Domokos-Bays.


I am bursting with pride to announce that 29 of our Twin Rivers schools will be awarded the HealthierUS School Challenge later this year. Our Principals and staff have worked very hard to make big changes in our schools to encourage our students to choose healthier lifestyles.

Please take the time to browse through our website to learn about our programs, department policies, Farmers Market Programs and much more!

All of us at Nutrition Services wish you a fun-filled summer break!



USDA Makes Historic Improvements to Meals Served in Our Schools

     On January 25, 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack unveiled new standards for school meals that have resulted in healthier meals for our students. The new meal requirements have raised our standards for the first time in more than fifteen years and will improve the health and nutrition of the nearly 32 million kids that participate in school meal programs every school day. The healthier meal requirements are a key component of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which was championed by the First Lady as part of her Let's Move! campaign and signed into law by President Obama in December of 2010.
     These new standards make the same kinds of practical changes that many parents are already encouraging at home and have been in place at our Twin Rivers Schools for several years:

 - Ensuring students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week;
 - Substantially increasing offerings of whole grain-rich foods;
 - Offering only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties;
 - Limiting calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; 
 - Increasing the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, trans fats and sodium.

     The menus we offer our students at Twin Rivers have consistently met the above standards for several years with the exception of limiting calories. Up until January 25, 2012 we were required by law to meet a different set of criteria. The new law allows us to lower the amount of calories we serve our students.
The new rules were built around recommendations from a panel of experts convened by the Institute of Medicine -a gold standard for evidence-based health analysis. The standards were also updated with key changes from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - the Federal government's benchmark for nutrition.
     The nutrition standards will phase in over a three-year period, and started in School Year 2012-2013. Schools must focus on changes in lunch the first year, and changes in breakfast will be phased in during future years.
Still a young district, our department continues to improve steadily through staff training and site upgrading. So far this year we have instituted three new salad bar programs and we have plans to expand and improve our breakfast programs. 


Jill Van Dyke, Director


The Nutrition Services Department has part-time job openings available for friendly people who are interested in food preparation and serving students.

Go to and search for Food Service Staff jobs in Sacramento County and.... check the site often!

Let's eat for the health of it!

Start by choosing one or more tips to help you......

Build a healthy plate

Before you eat, think about what goes on your plate or in your cup or bowl. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories. Try some of these options.

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Switch to skim or 1% milk.
  • Make at least half your grains whole.
  • Vary your protein food choices.
  • Keep your food safe to eat - learn more at

Cut back on foods high in solid fats, added sugars, and salt

Many people eat foods with too much solid fat, added sugar, and salt (sodium). Added sugars and fats load foods with extra calories you don't need. Too much sodium may increase your blood pressure.

  • Choose foods and drinks with little or no added sugars.
  • Look out for salt (sodium) in foods you buy - it all adds up.
  • Eat fewer foods that are high in solid fats.

Eat the right amount of calories for you

Everyone has a personal calorie limit. Staying within yours can help you get to or maintain a healthy weight. People who are successful at managing their weight have found ways to keep track of how much they eat in a day, even if they don't count every calorie.

  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Cook more often at home, where you are in control of what's in your food.
  • When eating out, choose lower calorie menu options.
  • Write down what you eat to keep track of how much you eat.
  • If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so sensibly - limit to 1 drink a day for women or to 2 drinks a day for men.

Be physically active your way

Pick activities that you like and start by doing what you can, at least 10 minutes at a time. Every bit adds up, and the health benefits increase as you spend more time being active.

Note to parents: What you eat and drink and your level of physical activity are important for your own health, and also for your children's health.

You are your children's most important role model. Your children pay attention to what you do more than what you say.

You can do a lot to help your children develop healthy habits for life by providing and eating healthy meals and snacks. For example, don't just tell your children to eat their vegetables - show them that you eat and enjoy vegetables every day.

Use food labels to help you make better choices

 Most packaged foods have a Nutrition Facts label and an ingredients list. For a healthier you, use this tool to make smart food choices quickly and easily.

Check for calories. Be sure to look at the serving size and how many servings you are actually consuming. If you double the servings you eat, you double the calories.

Choose foods with lower calories, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium.

Check for added sugars using the ingredients list. When a sugar is close to first on the ingredients list, the food is high in added sugars. Some names for added sugars include sucrose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, maple syrup, and fructose.


USDA Publication: Home and Garden Bulletin No. 232-CP HHS Publication number: HHS-ODPHP-2010-01-DGA-B

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