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Nutrition Services

Nutrition Services

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

Our district is committed to providing every student with the tools needed to succeed, including nutritious meals. We are pleased to inform you that Merced Union High School District will continue participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs option called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2023-24 School Year. 

Schools that participate in the CEP can provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for all students enrolled in that CEP school during the 2023-24 School Year.

CEP Letter to Households

Important Information: 

  • All students enrolled may participate in breakfast and lunch program at no charge. 
  • No meal application is necessary to participate in the meal program. 
  • Meals will be served to ALL students regardless of eligibility status. 
  • The school breakfast and lunch program will follow USDA guidelines for healthy school meals.

The program cannot succeed without your support. Please encourage your student to participate.

If we can be of any further assistance, please contact the MUHSD Nutrition Services Department at (209) 325-2210.

Nutrition Services Staff

Click below to visit the MUHSD Nutrition Services Website:

MUHSD Nutrition Services Website


Public Notice


Local Wellness Policy

Why Do We Have a Wellness Policy:

Our district developed a Wellness Policy to focus on improving the health of students. The policy was developed by the health and wellness advisory council that includes teachers, parents, administrators, and district nurses.  MUHSD believes that environments and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day is vital.  Federal legislation requires that schools participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) establish a wellness policy and complete an assessment every three years.  


MUHSD Wellness Policy Flyer

  • How Do We Cultivate Wellness: 

    • Access to healthy food throughout the school day, as part of the Nutrition Department.
      • Students have access to healthy foods throughout the school day ‒ both through reimbursable school meals and other foods available throughout the school campus in accordance with Federal and state nutrition standards
    • Opportunity to be physically active.
      • Students have opportunities to be physically active before, during and after school
    • Encouragement and support to practice healthy behaviors.
      • School staff are encouraged and supported to practice healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors in and out of school
    • Community and parent involvement to foster healthy habits at school, home and in the community.
      • Community is engaged in supporting the work of the district in creating continuity between school and other settings for students and staff to practice lifelong healthy habits
    • Oversight and assessment of wellness goals.
      • The district establishes and maintains an infrastructure for management, oversight, implementation, communication about and monitoring of the policy and its established goals and objectives. 

    This policy applies to all students, staff and schools in the District. To view the entire policy, visit the link below:

    School Nutrition & Fitness Wellness Policy


    Wellness Policy in Action (What we have Done):

    Quality parent/guardian engagement through the LCAP process to increase feedback and recommendations that have enhanced the healthful and culturally appropriate menu items sold in the nutrition department. All students receive free meals, food options and participation has grown.  

    Increased trainings for school teachers and staff to encourage sales and distribution of health foods sold during school hours.

    Continued Plans (Based on Policy Assessment):

    Increase SMART Snacking in Schools:  Continue training for teachers and staff about healthy food sales and promotion and implement strict adherence.

    • All foods and beverages served and sold during the school day MUST meet regulations set by the National School Lunch Program.  This includes items provided by teachers, clubs, and other site organizations.  

    To see the complete triennial assessment including a summary overview and score card view the documents below:

    Please join us to support a health school environment:

    If you would like to participate in the Local School Wellness Committee, policy updates and assessments, please reach out to Erin Tassey, Director of Nutrition Services.

Contact Us

Name Title Phone
Lisa Mendoza Director of Nutrition Services 209-325-2213
Rosemary Cota Assistant Director of Nutrition Services 209-325-2212
Irma Leal Nutrition Services Assistant 209-325-2211
Juan Vega-Torres Nutrition Services Storekeeper/Deliver Person