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Nutrition Education is what we are all about!

It's National Nutrition Month!  

This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants us to Go Further with Food! What does that mean? Simply put, make healthy food choices for every occasion. Start your morning off with a wholesome breakfast and make smart food choices throughout the day. Don’t forget about special events like a night out with friends or a family celebration – plan to have healthy options available for you to eat even during those times.

Going further with food could also include, going local! Take the extra step to find the origin of your food and support the local farmers in your community. Spring is near and farmers markets are ready to sell fresh, local foods. Gear up for the spring bounty and find a farmers market near you!


Check out the resources available to learn about nutrition from the
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

For teachers & parents:
"Smart Snacks"  Food you may include at school...

Check these links!
Good Sense info on GOOD NUTRITION
Pizza Party Order Form

...but we still serve FRESH FRUIT & Veggies! 
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This colorful innovation decorates Stella Brockman Elementary garden bar


BE.FRESH BEES' Bountiful Blessings... SWEET!

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See our meal prices here...

Free & Reduced meal applications are available NOW!  Click on the apple below.

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Parents can now make deposits to student meal accounts and apply for Meal Benefits online!

PayPAMS Mobile App! Try it, you'll like it!

The PayPAMS Mobile App for parents is now available for Android smart phones and will be available soon for iPhone. This convenient app provides parents with options to make payments, view their students' meal account balances, cafeteria purchases, and the last 3 payments on account. They can also personalize the app by adding student pictures.

Parents can download the app from their Android smart phone by searching for "PayPAMS" in Google Play and logging in with the same user name and password as they do on

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Click on the PayPAMS button. PayPAMS through MUSD offers the following benefits...

NO Fees

  • Pre-Pay for Student Meals
  • Schedule Automatic Payments
  • View Account Balances
  • View Cafeteria Purchases
  • View Payment History
  • Money Transfers
  • Receive E-Mail Notifications


For information on new accounts, please contact:

MUSD Nutrition Services

Tracey Kestyus: (209) 858-0733


Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand
The Nutrition Education department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals who are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

We support Wellness for your total health! 
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Manteca USD Nutrition Department AWARDS

MUSD Nutrition Ed has been selected as a Turnip the Beet Silver award winner for our Summer Meals program, it was announced this month. Manteca is one of three silver award winners in California. Nationwide, only 49 Turnip the Beet award winners were selected by the US Dept. of Agriculture!  Read more.


Best Photo! "I am happy to inform you that your photo has been been chosen as one of our “best picture” selections for the California Food for California Kids Salsa Challenge. Your tomatillo salsa looked absolutely delicious and we all hope to try it some time soon!," writes Jonathan Foley, California Thursdays Network Coordinator with Center for Ecoliteracy  Read more about the Salsa Challenge and California Thursdays.


Manteca Unified Nutrition Education earned the Silver Turnip the Beet Award. 
USDA recently awarded the first-ever Turnip the Beet awards, recognizing outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors who work hard to offer high quality meals that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious. Summer sites have the opportunity to positively impact children’s healthy development by offering nutritious meals and encouraging children to develop healthy habits at a young age. Plus, kids vote with their feet in the summer! Offering meals that children enjoy can help sustain and increase participation. 


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Did you know that we buy farm fresh produce right from our own district farSchool District Farmm?

Our Nutrition Education Department at Manteca USD, takes the notion of Farm to School to a whole new INNOVATIVE level. Outside of the window of the Manteca Nutrition Education Department is the school district's farm. We buy fresh produce for our nutrition program that is farmed and harvested by the students. Farm fresh specialties include pumpkins (of course), baby bok choy, parsley, chives, carrots, cilantro, potatoes, spinach and butter, romaine, green leaf and red leaf lettuces. Beaming, Patty Page, the Director of Nutrition Services, says We've harvested and served some of the sweetest watermelons you have ever tasted. Click to learn more about the Manteca District Farm, the be.fresh and our commitment to serving the freshest fruits and vegetables available for our students!