Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch & Breakfast Programs

  • Nutrition Standards
    Visit the USDA School Meal Homepage for more information on Nutrition Standards for School Meals.

    For complete nutrition standards, review 7 CRF Parts 210 and 220, by the Deparment of Agriculture. 

    The USDA has released the rule that changes the nutrition standards for meals served through the NSLP and SBP. This updates the nutrition standards created in 1995 based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  Implementation started with the 2012-2013 school year.

    They include the following:

    • Fruit: At breakfast students are offered 1 cup for each grade. At lunch 1 cup per day is offered for grades 9-12.
    • Vegetables: Elementary is offered ¾ cup and secondary is offered 1 cup per day. These include more dark green leafy and orange vegetables in addition to more legumes.
    • Grains: Half the grains offered are whole grain rich.
    • Milk: Students are offered 1% milk and skim unflavored and flavored milks.
    • Meat or Meat Alternatives: At lunch students are offered 2 oz. on most days, with local flexibility for higher grades.
    • Other changes include banning trans fats (unless naturally occurring), calorie minimum and maximum requirements, and reducing sodium.

    Nutrition Services is on the forefront of this movement! We offer a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, canned fruit in light syrup or its own juice, fresh vegetables and salads, and baked sweet potato fries.

    We have been adding whole grain items to our menus for the past several years. All breaded items are now made with whole grains as is our pizza and tortilla shells. We also incorporate Alaska grown and processed barley flour into the buns served at the elementary schools.

    The milk served in our schools is all non-fat and the chocolate milk contains 12% less sugar than before!!

    We utilize nutrient analysis software to review our school menus to ensure they meet the nutrition and calorie standards for each grade level.

    Manufacturers are well aware of the new requirements and have developed low sodium, low fat, whole grain products for our schools.

    Please encourage your children to try our menu items. Change can be challenging, but change can be good!


    USDA Proposes Standards to Provide Healthy Food Options in Schools
    USDA 's proposal regarding competitive foods can be found here
    Rule for Foods Sold in School

    Check out the USDA your source for information!
    USDA The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Healthy Meals Resource System web site has extensive information and resources on child nutrition, including menu planning, nutrition education, food service, food safety, Healthier School Challenge Resources, reports, studies and more! Check out the links posted below!

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Last Modified on September 28, 2018