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School Meals Trays, Many Ways

There are many ways, to offer school lunch and breakfast trays. Although school meals must meet federal meal pattern requirements, school districts choose what foods go on the menu. School lunch and breakfast menus may look different based upon local and regional food preferences, what foods are produced locally, and what items might be in season. Check the list below and the slide show on the top (clicking the arrows on the left and right side of each image) to see professional photographs of delicious and nutritious meals from across the country that students are lining up to eat.

(V) = Vegetarian Meal
(L) = Locally Procured/Uses Local Ingredients

Featured Breakfast Trays
Breakfast Taco from DC
District of Columbia (DC): DC Public Schools
  • Breakfast burrito
  • Salsa
  • Grapes
  • Choice of milk
Tofu Taco from Chicago Public Schools
Illinois: Chicago Public Schools
  • Tofu taco (V)
  • Potato wedges
  • Orange wedges
  • Choice of milk
Featured Lunch Trays
Arizona: Mesa Public Schools 
Arizona: Mesa Public Schools
  • Spaghetti with ground beef
  • Garlic knot
  • Broccoli
  • Salad
  • Apple
  • Choice of milk
San Francisco Unified School District, California
California: San Francisco Unified School District (V)
  • Whole grain-rich bean and cheese pupusa (L) with Suzie’s spicy lime slaw (L) and hot sauce
  • Baby carrots and refried beans
  • Kiwi and orange wedges
  • Choice of milk
Gwinnett County Public Schools 
Georgia: Gwinnett County Public Schools
  • Halal hamburger on whole grain-rich bun
  • Celery sticks with light ranch dressing and roasted brussels sprouts
  • Orange wedges and sliced strawberries
  • Choice of milk
South Tama County Community School District 
Iowa: South Tama County Community School District
Maine School Tray
Maine: Kittery School District
  • Fish taco (L)
  • Brown rice
  • Salad
  • Coleslaw with avocado crema
  • Diced peaches
  • Choice of milk
Windham Raymond School District  
Maine: Windham Raymond School District
  • Turkey breast panini
  • Roasted potato wedges
  • Roasted edamame salad (L)
  • Granny smith apple
  • Choice of milk (L)
Boston Public Schools
Massachusetts: Boston Public Schools
  • Buffalo fish bites (L)
  • Brown rice and whole grain-rich dinner roll
  • Chickpea salad and roasted sweet potatoes
  • Bartlett pear and wild blueberries
  • Choice of milk (L)
Minneapolis Public Schools 
Minnesota: Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Tempura rice bowl made with chicken, brown rice, broccoli, carrots, edamame, and teriyaki sauce
  • Diced cantaloupe
  • Choice of milk
Philipsburg School District
Montana: Philipsburg School District
New York Hilton Schools
New York: Hilton Central Schools
  • Chicken Philly pita
  • Baked sweet potato fries
  • Broccoli
  • Apple (L)
  • Choice of milk (L)
New York: New York City Public Schools
New York: New York City Public Schools (V)
  • White bean and pasta primavera
  • Roasted tomatoes
  • Apple (L)
  • Choice of milk (L)
Puerto Rico: Christian Military Academy
Puerto Rico: Christian Military Academy
  • Puerto Rican brown rice with pigeon peas
  • Beefsteak (L)
  • Shredded lettuce and carrots
  • Orange
  • Choice of milk (L)
South Carolina Greenville
South Carolina: Greenville County Schools (V)
  • Chili vegetarian baked potato
  • Whole grain roll (L)
  • Broccoli
  • Salad
  • Honeydew
  • Choice of milk
Texas North East Independent School District 
Texas: North East Independent School District
  • Pork street tacos with pico de gallo (L)
  • Seasoned black beans and Mexican street corn
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Choice of milk
Virginia Chesterfield County Public Schools
Virginia: Chesterfield County Public Schools
Virginia Beach City Public Schools 
Virginia: Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Whole grain-rich chicken and vegetable dumplings with low-sodium soy sauce
  • Roasted ranch broccoli
  • Sweet potato souffle (L)
  • Applesauce
  • Choice of milk
Washington State School tray
Washington: Bellingham Public Schools (V)
  • Chickpea masala (L)
  • Brown rice
  • Peas
  • Carrots sticks
  • Mixed blueberries (L) and sliced pears
  • Choice of milk
Washington: Washougal Schools
Washington: Washougal Schools
  • Grilled BBQ chicken quesadilla
  • Salsa
  • Broccoli
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Choice of milk
Page updated: May 01, 2023