Nutrition Services Information

Welcome Chico Unified School District students, parents and guardians to another exciting school year!

There are so many awesome things cooking up at the CUSD Nutrition Department!

  • The Nutrition Team has been honored two years in a row from FRESHMeals@Schools as one of 13 school districts with the healthiest menu. 
  • Your nutrition team strives to use as many local vendors as possible for our fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins, milk and dairy.  Over the past 5 years our Nutrition program has supported more and more local companies. 
  • For the past several years we have partnered with Chico High School FFA to build the Henshaw Farm.  This past the farm has produced watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and cranberry beans for our school food program.  That means that students produced food for other students!
  • We have our own bakery with three professional bakers that produce many of our breakfast items such as muffins, cinnamon rolls, taco pockets and turkey pot pies!
  • As time continues our goal continues to be to use as few processed foods as possible.  We prepare many of our menu items from scratch and are continually working to eliminate more and more of the processed foods. A great example is our pizza.  We make the dough fresh daily, the sauce from scratch and assemble all the pizzas right in our bakery using low sodium cheese, fresh vegetables and local meats.

The Nutrition Team strives to provide outstanding customer service to our guests every day.  It is our goal to greet the students with a smile, use their name, thank them for joining us and invite them back.  We value our guests and continue to work to provide a fun, healthy environment for them to enjoy their meals.

This summer will mark CUSD’s  5th year of the summer feeding program.  This program is offered at a variety of sites throughout the summer and offers every child 2-18 years old a free breakfast and lunch.  For more information about this program please visit our website at

Thank you all for supporting the CUSD Nutrition program by having your student join us for breakfast and lunch every day. We have many great options for them to choose from. In order to be prepared for the beginning of school, please make sure to fill out the meal application enclosed in this packet and return it to our office located at: 2455 Carmichael Drive, Chico, CA  95928

Sincerely, Nutrition Services, Chico Unified School District

We’ve worked hard over the summer to get ready for the school year. We’ve updated our menus and are serving some tasty new foods. We hope you’ll check out our new menus and let us know what you think!

School meals provide a foundation for the learning and health of Chico's kids

  • School meals provide over half of the daily recommended levels of key nutrients that children need to grow
  • Students that participate in school breakfast have improved academic and test performance compared to students that don’t eat breakfast or eat at home
  • Students that participate in school meals are less likely to be obese than their peers

School nutrition programs can help schools

  • School nutrition programs provide a natural classroom to teach nutrition and healthy eating habits which last a lifetime
  • State and federal grants for special education, afterschool programs and many other services uses school meal data to determine funding levels
  • Healthy participation in school nutrition programs improve the overall financial health of schools

School meals benefit families

  • Over 5,000 Chico children rely on free or reduced price school meals as their most consistent source of healthy meals
  • School nutrition programs help expose growing children to a wide variety of foods
  • No need to pack a lunch! School nutrition programs can provide healthy and hearty meals without the hassle of packing a lunch each day

Upcoming Events

Event information coming soon!

Our Staff

Feeding over 7,000 students every day takes a team of special people. Every morning greets them with new challenges and opportunities to make that day better than the one before. Each team members has their own special strengths and passions that have brought them Chico Unified Nutrition Services. Here are the personal stories from the team leaders that make Nutrition Services happen every day!
 Vince Enserro: Director of Nutrition

I have been in the food service industry for 25 years.  I am a classically trained Chef and worked many years in high end country clubs and hotels.  I made the transition to school nutrition in 2000,  I find greatest satisfaction knowing we provide our student guest with health hand made fun food.   

Crystal O'Rear : Nutrition Specialist
As a 2011 graduate from California State University Chico I am honored to be a part the CUSD Nutrition Team. Graduating with a degree in Nutrition Management,  I found my passion providing healthy food to kids while serving the youth of our community. I had the privilege of joining Nutrition Services in Spring 2015 and very day I look forward to a new opportunity to care for our students with good and wholesome food.  I am proud to be part of such an elite team that makes our guests number one when it comes to service and quality.
Celia Bianco:Senior Account Clerk
I have been part of the Nutrition Services team since 2007.  I run the substitute assignment desk for our 92 positions and am responsible for accounts receivable and other accounting duties.   I am also the primary contact person for our catering services, so if you want anything from cupcakes for your child’s classroom to a specialty dinner, please contact me.
Tracy Franklin:Senior Account Clerk
After many years of working in various areas of food service, I started working for CUSD Nutrition Services in 2000.   I had the pleasure of working in most of our school cafeterias, where I built lasting relationships with students and staff. I joined the Nutrition office staff in 2009 where I was then given the opportunity to provide support in the day to day needs of our fantastic team- from the cafeteria staff that are at the front lines, to my fellow coworkers and teammates behind the scenes. I am the primary contact for questions and concerns regarding the application process for free and reduced-price meals, your student’s eligibility, account activity, payments and balances.
Karen Haselton: Elementary Coordinator
I have worked for nutrition services for 27 years.  I started out working as a Cafeteria Assistant.  I have also worked as Cashier book keeper, Manager, and now Elementary Nutrition Coordinator.  I have worked at Elementary, junior High and High Schools sites.  I have seen a lot of changes in our department over the past 10 years and they have been all great.  We are continuing to improve our department each year and I look forward to another year.
Teri Molina: Secondary Coordinator
Nona Nahalea: Account Technician