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Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Nutrition Standards for School Meals

This page contains regulations, policy memos, and other guidance materials relating to the nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance

Nutrition Standards for CACFP Meals and Snacks

Guidance, resources, best practices, and training for CACFP operators to support them in providing healthy, balanced meals and snacks to the children and adults they serve.

Resource | Infographics

Progress Toward Implementing Updated Nutrition Standards

Findings are from the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study, which provides information about a broad array of topics, including the food and nutrient content of school meals, the costs of school meals, the food environments in schools, and the contribution of school meals to children’s overall diets. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0028

Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Exempt Fundraisers

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance regarding state agency responsibilities to establish limitations on the frequency of specially exempted fundraisers in schools.

SP36-2014
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2014-0033

Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards and Culinary Education Programs

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance regarding the treatment of culinary education programs that operate in schools participating in the federal school meal programs.

SP40-2014
Resource | Fact Sheets

Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School Summary Chart

Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in School, Smart Snacks in Schools

Resource | Presentations

Interim Final Rule: Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools

PowerPoint Presentation:  Nutrition Standards for All Foods Sold in Schools Interim Final Rule

Resource | Infographics

Updated Nutrition Standards Posed Challenges but Achieved Underlying Goals

Findings are from the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study, which  provides information about a broad array of topics, including the food and nutrient content of school meals, the costs of school meals, the food environments in schools, and the contribution of school meals to children’s overall diets. 

Resource | Infographics

School Meals Are More Nutritious After Updated Nutrition Standards

Findings are from the School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study, which provides information about a broad array of topics, including the food and nutrient content of school meals, the costs of school meals, the food environments in schools, and the contribution of school meals to children’s overall diets. 

Resource | Final Rule

Final Rule: Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs

This final rule updates the meal patterns and nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs to align them with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.