Serving Preschool Through 8th Grade in the San Francisco East Bay Since 1962

Community Lunch Program

A fresh vision for school lunch—launching August 2019
Seven Hills is excited to offer a new initiative for the 2019-20 school year—an integrated lunch program to nourish a brighter future for our students and community. In partnership with Epicurean Group, our Community Lunch Program will aim to connect our community, promote healthy choices, and align with our green values.
Epicurean Group is a food-service management company headquartered in Northern California and dedicated to sustainable dining. Their artisan approach and sustainable practices support local, organic farms and ranches and the sustainable seafood model of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They are the main provider to many other local independent schools, customizing each school’s menu with parent and student feedback and the finest ingredients possible.

The dining program at Seven Hills will feature:

  • Nutritious and sustainable meals and snacks prepared daily in our kitchen by a team of chefs, reducing the stress of planning and packing lunches at home
  • A wide variety of items that allow for student choice while meeting nutritional needs
  • A dining experience that integrates with our curriculum, with future opportunities for students to grow their own food, building the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating and sustainable living
  • A renovated commercial-grade Tenvold kitchen
  • Expanded indoor and outdoor space to eat together and connect
  • An honest lunch program that aligns with our whole-child philosophy


List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What if my child has allergies?

    Epicurean Group has robust protocols to manage allergies and their recipes are completely nut free. The Epicurean team will address your specific need or concern with regard to allergies or dietary restrictions.
  • Q: Why a dining program?

    We believe that nutritious foods build better brains. We have a responsibility to provide well-balanced meals that meet your child’s nutritional needs, and to teach and reinforce healthy habits. We see our Community Lunch Program as an opportunity to create an experience that is more than just lunch—it’s a chance for students and teachers to talk and share, to encourage healthy choices, and increase awareness of environmental stewardship.
  • Q: Are snacks provided?

    Snacks will be provided to students at the mid-morning recess. Students attending Extended Day before and after school will receive additional snacks.
  • Q: Who is included? Can I opt out?

    As part of the integrated Seven Hills program, lunch is included for all students in Preschool through 8th grade. There is no opt out provision.
  • Q: Will financial aid be provided for the dining program?

    Financial aid awards are credited toward our inclusive tuition, which also includes computers, textbooks, domestic field trips, and now lunch.
  • Q: How does it work?

    Meals will be cooked from scratch and prepared daily by a team of Epicurean chefs with fresh, wholesome ingredients.
  • Q: What is the cost and how does billing work?

    There is no additional cost for the dining program as this cost is included in the overall tuition.