Guidelines

School meals are well-balanced, healthy meals that are required to meet science-based, federal nutrition standards:

  • No more than 30 percent of calories can come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat
  • Meals must provide one-third of Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium
  • School meals are served in age-appropriate portion sizes

Every school lunch includes five great choices that add up to a great value:

  • Milk – Fat free or one percent – flavored or regular
  • Vegetables – Many varieties, from broccoli to fresh carrot sticks
  • Fruit – Many choices from kiwi to locally grown apples; often fresh fruit
  • Grains – More whole grain items like rolls or sandwich bread
  • Meat or meat alternate – White meat chicken, bean chili, lean beef