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.

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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

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School Nutrition Success Stories

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

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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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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

What’s Cooking

Study Finds Children Aren’t Eating Enough Fruits or Veggies

March 15, 2023

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet—but it turns out that kids might not be…


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Food Focus

Chicken Entrées Come Home to Roost

March 14, 2023

Every year, there’s another new challenge complicating school meal operations. Waivers expire, orders are delayed, staff recruitment lags, new regulations…


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Feature

From Mind to Menu

March 14, 2023

I don’t cook. But like an increasing number of Americans, I’m fascinated by TV’s endless schedule of culinary competitions. We’re…


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