These school districts have joined the Eat REAL program

Making the Commitment to REAL Food

Since 2012, Eat REAL has been refining the Eat REAL Certification model by partnering with over 500 establishments including leading universities like Stanford University and schools like Boulder Valley School District. Beginning in 2019, we’ve focused on supporting impact in K-12 school districts.

Certified Districts

Walnut Creek School District

Contra Costa County, CA
Certification Level: Silver
Certification Date: 05/08/2023
Students Impacted: 3,330




Eat Real is thrilled to announce that WCSD has become the third district in the country to achieve Eat Real Certification at the Silver Level. Under the leadership of Child Nutrition Supervisor Rebecca Steffler, the Child Nutrition Services team at WCSD cooks as much as possible, continually testing new products and creating seasonal recipes that introduce students to new flavors and ingredients. Examples include their edamame fried rice, plant-based enchilasagna, and greek salad with scratch made balsamic dressing.

San Luis Coastal Unified School District

San Luis Obispo County, CA
Certification Level: Silver
Certification Date: 09/30/2022
Students Impacted: 8,000

San Luis Obispo County, SLCUSD is the second district to achieve certification at the Silver level. Led by Food & Nutrition Services Director Erin Primer, the entire team is dedicated to making school meals nutritious and empowering for all their students. They are focused on bringing a cultural shift to the school food world, using their learnings as the foundation for systemic change in California. Learn more about their award winning program here!

Boulder Valley School District - School Food Project

Boulder, CO
Certification Level: Silver
Certification Date: 07/25/2022
Students Impacted: 31,200

BVSD has become the first school district to receive our Silver Certification designation, for excellence in nutrition and sustainability practices. Their kid-approved menus are crafted using locally sourced minimally processed ingredients. They excel in turning the cafeteria into a classroom, empowering students to make better choices for their health, and providing a safe environment to expose students to a diverse menu of ingredients and dishes. Their program serves as a model for what school food service programs can achieve. Join us in celebrating the powerful work this district has done! Learn more about their award winning program here!

Mt. Diablo Unified School District

Contra Costa County, CA
Certification Level: Green
Certification Date: 09/25/2020
Students Impacted: 31,000

Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Food and Nutrition Services has achieved Eat REAL Certification at the Green level for their onsite regular programs. MDUSD has worked extremely hard to remove over 10 lbs of added sugar per student per year, increased sustainable ingredient sourcing, and increased the quality of ingredients (including removing harmful ingredients) across all of their regular menus. 

Current Cohorts

The following School Districts have made the commitment to improve school food programs
for over 260,000 students across the nation.   

Cohort 2022

Fresno Unified School District

Fresno, California

“Our Nutrition Services department does more than serve food daily. We provide nutrition, build community, create learning opportunities, and serve success throughout the day!” – Amanda Harvey, Director, Nutrition Services

Natomas Unified School District

Sacramento, CA

“There are five pillars to our approach: Speed Scratch Cooking, Local Purchasing, Student Engagement, Staff Training, and Strategic Partnerships. We believe our partnership with Eat Real will help us grow in all five of these areas.” – Vince Caguin, Executive Director of Nutrition Services & Warehousing

San Ramon Valley Unified School District

San Ramon, California

“SRVUSD strives to provide a joyful, culturally relevant meal experience for our students, not only providing essential nutrition but also creating a sense of belonging for each and every student.” – Zetta Reicker, Director of Child Nutrition & Warehouse

Cohort 2021

Capistrano Unified School District

Orange County, California

“The Capistrano Unified Food & Nutrition Services team is passionate about feeding our students. Although we may not have the kitchen infrastructure to scratch cook, we pride ourselves on being progressive and particular about the food items we menu.” – Kristin Hilleman, Director II, Food and Nutrition Services

Morgan Hill Unified School District

Morgan Hill, CA

“The MHUSD Student Nutrition Department believes in a healthy meal ecosystem, from sourcing, purchasing and providing the best food available for our students and community.” – Michael Jochner, Director of Student Nutrition

North Monterey County Unified School District

Castroville/Prunedale, California

“The NMCUSD Nutrition Services department is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our students through the food that we serve. We are committed to continuously finding ways to include more whole ingredients in our meals and educating our students through the food that we serve. We strive to source locally whenever possible to give back to our local economy, in an effort to create a more sustainable food system.” – Sarah Doherty, Director of Nutrition Services & Wellness 

Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Watsonville, California

Pajaro Valley Food and Nutrition Services Department is always striving to improve the quality of the meals they serve to their students. They look for ways to procure more local produce and offer more nutrition education to their community.

South Monterey County Joint Union High School District

King City, California

“Our department is committed to improving the quality of the meals we serve. We aim to create recipes that include more fresh and whole ingredients to encourage healthier eating habits. Students’ health and wellbeing is top priority; we hope to be a part of the change towards a healthier generation.” – Denisse Peña, Food Service Manager

Cohort 2019

Minneapolis Public Schools

Minneapolis, Minnesota

“Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Wellness Services nurtures all students through access to quality food and active living. We are committed to serving true food made with fresh, whole ingredients that support the wellbeing of our students, community, and environment.” – Bertrand Weber, Director, Culinary and Wellness Services

Vacaville Unified School District

Vacaville, California

“As we continuously try to improve our entrées, we pride ourselves on offering a variety of fresh and locally sourced fruits and vegetables daily. We believe that healthy eating habits start with exposure and options.  While some seasons offer less variety, we promise to always ensure that all produce is in season and of high quality.” – Juan Cordon, Director of Student Nutrition

Walnut Creek School District

Walnut Creek, California

“The WCSD Nutrition Department provides a quality school lunch experience with nutritious and appealing meals for students and staff which will engage, inspire, and empower healthy students today and in the future.” – Rebecca Steffler, Food Service Supervisor 

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