School Lunches Info & FAQ
The days of brown bag lunches with rubbery lunch meat on WonderBread are long gone! We know that parents are choosing preservative-free, “real food” for their children but finding the time to put together balanced and nutritious meals every day can be challenging. Our goal at Citizen Sprout is to help busy parents by taking one thing off their plate - packing a healthy, hot lunch.
I don't think my school is enrolled. Can I still order lunches?
Our program relies on a relationship and agreement between the school, the parents and us. If we haven't already established this agreement, unfortunately we cannot deliver to your school. If you'd like to see if you school is interested in having us come to drop off lunches please visit the School Lunches page and scroll to the bottom to sed a request. You can also come to our Retail Space and pick up some of our ready-made meals!
Commitment to Quality
Everything is made from scratch in the Citizen Sprout kitchen in Santa Monica. We source our ingredients from organic farms, support local produce whenever possible and use hormone/antibiotic-free proteins from responsible fisheries and ranches. We never use processed foods that contain artificial sweeteners and added sodium and we have recently switched to using natural sweeteners like agave, honey, maple or monk fruit so we are refined-sugar free. We bake our own breads, make our own sauces and use simple, whole ingredients in every lunch we send out.
Order Times + Cancellations
Late Orders and Cancellations must be submitted to us via phone or email during office hours. Our office hours are from 7am to 6pm Monday - Friday (424) 280 - 4123
If you need to cancel, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible by calling our office number during our office hours. All meal cancelations will receive a credit to be used on a future order, rather than a refund. Same day cancellations must be submitted by 8am to receive a credit.
The cut off time to order for the following day is 5pm. If you forget to order by the deadline, you must call to place a late order. Late orders after 5pm will incur a $1 charge.
Same day late orders will incur a $2 charge and will only be accepted until 8am that day.
What About Allergies?
At Citizen Sprout we don’t use peanuts, tree nuts or strawberries in our school meals and we use egg-free mayo and wheat-free tamari instead of soy sauce. We do, however, have all of the above allergens in our kitchen and we use them in our Retail Store meals. While we take extra care not to cross-contaminate, if your child has a severe or life threatening allergy, we encourage you to be aware of the risks. We charge a small fee for gluten-free or vegan dairy substitutions to cover the cost of these sepciality ingredietns.
Meal Changes + Modifications
We are happy to accommodate any allergies or dietary restrictions that are notated on each day but please know that as we are serving over 20 schools a day and lots of hungry kiddos, we cannot accommodate any other changes or modifications to meals. We appreciate your understanding!
Our Menu: Choices & Sizes
Lunches include 1 main course and 2 sides and each day you will have an option of 12 choices a day - 11 of our Kid-Approved Classics or the Meal of the Day. See the menu for examples!
Lunches come in 100% compostable containers labeled with your child’s name, a brief description of the meal and allergy stickers when necessary.
At the beginning of the month you will have the option to order for the Full Month of Lunches at a 10% discount. Please note that when you are ordering the Full Month option, you are ordering the Meal of the Day for the entire month your school is in session.
You are also free to select the meal option for each day - either all at once, weekly, or even daily! Please be sure to order before the cut off for the following day - 5pm.
Lunches come in Small ($8) Medium ($9) or Large ($10) sizes.
See below for examples: