Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, the California Universal Meals Program will provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge. The menus are planned by a team of nutrition specialists and ensures that every student will find healthy and appealing meal options at school. Kester's monthly menus for breakfast and lunch are available here.
If a student requires a special diet or has special dietary needs, parents/guardians may obtain a form to request special meals from the school office or visit the LAUSD website for more information.
Please submit a meal application for the 2022-2023 school year. Completing an application helps provide funding for programs at your child(ren)'s school. Regardless of eligibility, ALL students will receive meals free of charge. It is imperative that ALL students submit a meal application to continue Kester's Title I funding. Even if you do not qualify for free or reduced cost lunches, it is important that every family return the application on time so our large student population is recorded.
BREAKFAST IN THE CLASSROOM:
The BIC program returns to Kester this year and provides every student a no-charge option to eat breakfast at school. Seating will be available outside of the classroom after the morning bell. Breakfast lasts for approximately 20 minutes and students are always free to decline if they wish. Students who arrive after this time period will not have an opportunity to eat in the classroom. Click here to find out more about the BIC program.
Ever wanted to know more about where your child(ren)'s nourishment comes from at school ? Café LA is the Food Services Division of LAUSD whose mission of “Nourishing Children to Achieve Excellence” has created several meal programs with healthy nutrients to provide energy to support academic and physical growth of children. Among the largest meal programs in the country, Café LA adheres to federal nutrition standards in their menu development and also participates in positive initiatives such as serving California grown products and offering meatless and vegan options. They even have a cooking program that shares recipes and posts cooking videos. For more information on Café LA Food Services and their programs, click here.