Step behind the serving line to catch a glimpse of modern-day school meals, and learn about the people who help ensure that America’s students are well-fed and poised for academic success.

From nutrition requirements and statistics to school nutrition success stories and national campaigns, this is everything you need to know about our nation’s school meal programs.


Key Facts

School Nutrition Standards

To receive federal reimbursements, school meals are required to meet strict nutrition standards, offering a balance of lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low- or fat-free milk.

School Meal Statistics

Nearly 30 million students eat school lunch every day. Get more statistics regarding the nation’s school meals programs.

The People Behind School Meals


School Nutrition Success Stories

Learn how school nutrition professionals and meal programs have made a difference in the lives of America’s students.


School Nutrition Professionals

From chefs to nutritionists and industry partners to state agencies, learn more about the people who collaborate to ensure school meal programs thrive.

Annual Observances

National School Lunch Week

School lunches are worth celebrating! Learn more about National School Lunch Week (NSLW), commemorated annually in October.

National School Breakfast Week

National School Breakfast Week (NSBW), celebrated annually in March, honors the importance of a nutritious morning meal in fueling students for success.

School Lunch Hero Day

Recognize the impact of school nutrition professionals on School Lunch Hero Day (SLHD), occurring annually on the first Friday of May.

Latest News

Press Release, School Nutrition Foundation, SNA News

SNF Announces 2024 Equipment Grant Recipients 

June 13, 2024

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Cover of SN Plus "Stand and Deliver"
SNA News, SNA Publications

SN Plus: “Stand” and Deliver

May 30, 2024

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Advocacy & Policy, SNA News

New SNA Resource on Final Nutrition Standards

May 28, 2024

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School Nutrition Magazine


From A to Z

May 8, 2024

Your go-to guide for strengthening your special-diets vocabulary: use this glossary of common types of special diets to help build your knowledge and confidence on the wide range of special dietary needs you’re most likely to come across.

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Food Focus

Eat Your Greens!

May 8, 2024

Explore the vibrant world of leafy greens, from the nutrient-packed goodness of spinach to the earthy richness of chard and the variety found in every leaf in between.

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Remembering Gertrude Applebaum: An SNA Leader and Pioneer

May 8, 2024

The School Nutrition Association mourns the loss esteemed past president Gertrude Applebaum, a strong advocate for the advancement of child nutrition programs throughout her career.

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