Meals and Snacks

Birney is a Food Distribution site for daily breakfast and lunch, and weekly produce delivery. Check-out the SDUSD Food Services site for menu and produce delivery dates.

Policies may be modified due to COVID - See SDUSD, Birney Buzz and Birney News for updates.

Regular intake of nutritious food helps ensure students are physically primed to learn. San Diego Unified School District serves a nutritious breakfast and lunch every school day. Please support your child's learning by making sure your child has access to these meals, along with adequate, healthy snacks.

If your child is bringing lunch from home, pack only nutritious foods for lunch and afternoon recess snack. Avoid highly sweetened or high sodium foods and drinks ("junk food"). These items (such as soda pops, sports drinks, large bags of chips or candy treats) may be confiscated by a school staff member if found to be causing an unreasonable distraction to others.

Sharing of food is not permitted due to the potential for allergic reactions. Our lunch arbor has a designated "peanut-free" table, but if there are any known allergies, the school nurse and principal must be informed. We ask families to avoid including foods with peanuts in them for the safety of our students.

For safety reasons, glass containers are not permitted on school property. Please make sure your child's food items are tightly wrapped and enclosed.

Free Meals in the Kid's Choice Café- FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS

All students receive a Free lunch provided by the district.


Students are encouraged to eat breakfast every day to give them the opportunity to come to class adequately prepared for learning. Kid's Choice Café breakfasts offer three entrée choices including yogurt and a variety of non-sweetened cereals. Bright red, kid-sized salad bars are also used to serve a variety of fruits and other breakfast favorites. Breakfast is served from 8:45-9:05 a.m. for $1.


Through the Kid's Choice Cafe program, lunch offers four entrée choices and includes a salad bar where students can select from an array of fruits, vegetables and healthy toppings every day. Look for the Food Services newsletter in the weekly mail.


Parents are encouraged to send children to school with healthy snacks, such as fruit, vegetables or yogurt. Items such as chips, cookies, candy and similar non-nutritive foods are NOT ACCEPTABLE. Snacks may be eaten in designated areas only.

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