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Buy American Fact Sheet

A resource for school meals program operators on the Buy American Provision. This provision safeguards the health and well-being of our Nation’s children and supports the U.S. economy, American farmers, and small and local agricultural businesses. The National School Lunch Act requires school food authorities (SFAs) to purchase, to the maximum extent practicable, domestic commodities or products.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
School Nutrition and Meal Cost Study (SNMCS) Webinar Series on Study Findings

This webinar provides an overview of the study and the webinar series.

Resource | Webinars/Videos
SNMCS Webinar Series - Meeting the Updated Nutrition Standards and the Nutritional Quality of School Lunches

The findings described in this webinar are based on two analyses. One that estimated the percentage of daily and weekly lunch menus that met the updated nutrition standards, and another that examined the nutritional quality of the lunches using the Healthy Eating Index-2010.

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SNMCS Webinar Series - School Meal Costs and Foodservice Revenues

This webinar focuses on meal cost estimates at the SFA level, which reflect costs for the typical or average SFA. The webinar also presents findings on total foodservice revenues at the SFA level, which includes revenues from all sources. 

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SNMCS Webinar Series - Dietary Intakes of School Lunch Participants and Nonparticipants

This webinar focuses on findings related to the dietary intakes (using a 24-hour dietary recall) of students who did and did not participate in the National School Lunch Program.

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SNMCS Webinar Series - Satisfaction with School Meals and Plate Waste

This webinar focuses on findings related to student and parent satisfaction with the school meal programs and plate waste, or the amount of available food that was discarded or not eaten.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Local School Wellness Policy

Local wellness policies are an important tool for parents, local educational agencies and school districts in promoting student wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and providing assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards.

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School Meals FAQs

School meals are required to meet specific nutrition standards to operate the school meals programs. The standards align school meals with the latest nutrition science and the real world circumstances of America’s schools. 

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National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Fact Sheet

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or no-cost lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1946.

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Special Milk Program (SMP) Fact Sheet

The Special Milk Program provides milk to children in schools, child care institutions and eligible camps that do not participate in other federal child nutrition meal service programs. The program reimburses schools and institutions for the milk they serve. In 2011, 3,848 schools and residential child care institutions participated, along with 782 summer camps and 527 non‐residential child care institutions. Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in the Special Milk Program to provide milk to children in half‐day pre‐kindergarten and kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal programs.