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 order and Cancellations MUST be submitted to us via phone during office hours. Our new 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. Same day cancellations must be submitted by 8am to receive a credit to be used on a future order.
The cut off time to order for the following day is 2pm. If you forget to order by the deadline, you must call to place a late order. Late orders after 2pm will incur a $1 charge. We will no longer be accepting late orders via email.
Same day late orders will incur a $2 charge and will only be accepted until 8am that day.
Weekends: We will no longer be accepting orders via email outside of office hours. This means you must order on Friday for lunch on Monday. The cut off time for Friday is extended to 5pm.
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 and Home Delivery 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 are happy to accommodate up to 3 allergy or restriction at no charge and beyond that we charge a small fee of $0.75 per allergy, per day to cover the cost of speciality ingredients.
Our Menu: Choices & Sizes
Lunches include 1 main course and 2 sides and each day you will have an option of 6 choices a day - 4 of our Kid-Approved Classics and 2 from 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. Only schools that are open for the Full Month (no school closures) will have this option.
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 - 2pm.
Lunches come in Small ($7) Medium ($8) or Large ($9) sizes.
See below for examples: