School Meals Include Diverse Flavors

2014-09-09

According to SNA’s recently released School Nutrition Operations Report, school nutrition programs are serving up a diverse array of different types of food this year.

School nutrition programs are serving up a diverse array of different types of foods this school year. According to SNA’s recently released School Nutrition Operations Report: The State of School Nutrition 2014, 98% offer Mexican foods, like Bean and Cheese Burritos and Fajitas, and 87% offer Asian foods, such as Asian rice or noodle bowls. Additionally, Middle Eastern foods including Hummus and Pitas are being served by an increasing number of programs with 40% indicating that their school nutrition program offers these types of foods compared to only 28% offering them in 2011. While not as common, Greek, Kosher/Halal and Indian food items are also being offered in some schools. The study also found that school nutrition programs in the largest districts are more likely to serve different types of ethnic foods compared to those in smaller districts.

Visit the research section of SNA’s website to learn more about SNA’s research on school nutrition trends and topics.

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