Nutrition Standards for School Meals

Final Rule: Nutrition Standards in the School Meals Programs

USDA. Food and Nutrition Service.

Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act championed by the First Lady and signed by President Obama, USDA made the first major changes in school meals in 15 years. View the regulations, supporting documents, and technical assistance materials here.


Nutrient Analysis Software Approved by USDA

Under the Final Rule: Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs (1/26/12) school menus for breakfast and lunch are required to meet dietary specifications (nutrient standards) for calories, saturated fat, and sodium. Find resources here, including the list of approved nutrient analysis software and guidance materials, to assist you in this process.


Menu Planning Tools Approved for Certification for Six Cent Reimbursement

The tools listed at this link are approved by USDA to certify schools as eligible for the six cent reimbursement under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. This page is the official list of the only tools that may be used for certification of compliance with new meal patterns.


Child Nutrition Labeling Program

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Program provides food manufacturers the option to include a standardized food crediting statement on their product label.