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

School Nutrition Industry Conference, SNA Conferences, SNA News

#SNIC24 Early Bird Rates End Thursday, November 30 

November 28, 2023

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Holidays & Celebrations, School Nutrition Foundation, SNA News

Double Your Impact: Donate to SNF’s #GivingTuesday Campaign Today!

November 28, 2023

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Conferences & Events, Legislative Action Conference

#LAC24 Registration is Open–Secure Your Spot Today!

November 20, 2023

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School Nutrition Magazine

President’s Perspective

Lean on the Expertise of Industry Partners

November 1, 2023

The industry representatives who serve the K-12 foodservice segment are among the most talented and generous partners anyone could ask for, and if you’re not actively working with them, you are making your job much, much harder than it needs to be.

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Do Right Dairy

November 1, 2023

Discover some of the dairy industry’s inventive approaches to sustainability and reducing negative impacts on the environment and climate change.

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Food Allergies: Spotting the Symptoms

November 1, 2023

Do you and your cafeteria staff know what to do during an allergic reaction? Learn about food allergy reaction symptoms and what to do if a reaction happens so you can keep your students safe.

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