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The importance of meal applications

You may be wondering why it is so important to continue filling out meal applications even though your student’s meals are free. 

Downey Unified Provides Free Daily Meals for All Children

One free daily breakfast and lunch for all children 18 years and younger

Serving FREE breakfast daily!

All your student has to do is pick it up and enjoy!

Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

Downey Unified’s Food Services is a team of food and nutrition professionals dedicated to students’ health, well-being, and their ability to learn. By promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices, we support learning.


On average, students who eat a daily breakfast:

Achieve 17.5% HIGHER SCORES on standardized math tests

Attend 1.5 MORE DAYS of school per year

Students who attend class more regularly are 20% MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE from high school

High school graduates typically earn $10,090 MORE per year and enjoy a 4% higher employment rate

BREAKFAST & LUNCH is FREE daily for all Downey Unified Students

News and Announcements

Heart Healthy Living

Heart Healthy Living

In February, we celebrate all things to do with the heart, from Valentine’s Day to American Heart Month. American Heart Month encourages us to think about our cardiovascular well-being and to make healthier choices.

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The Benefits of Milk

The Benefits of Milk

This January, we’re celebrating the many benefits of milk and how it, and dairy overall, helps keep our bodies strong.

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Farm to School @ Home

The Farm to School @ Home is a series of activities that teach valuable nutrition lessons for students to work on at home. 

Eat Smart 2 Be Smart

Lessons for K – 12th in Language Arts, Mathematics, Nutrition, and more! Check out downloadable handouts, activities, and workbooks for you and your students.

No Kid Hungry 

These online activities and links are great afterschool enrichment activities for students. 

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