USDA's National School Lunch & School Breakfast Program Nutrition Standards
Breakfast & lunch menus are planned according to USDA's guidelines for the National School Lunch & School Breakfast Programs. For lunch, students have the option to create their own meals by selecting from a variety of foods served. At minimum, students must pick 3 of these options (including 1 fruit or vegetable) and are encouraged to choose 1 from each category for maximum nutrition benefits:
Entree + Fruit + Vegetable + Milk + Various Sides
All meals served must meet the minimum nutrition requirements that are federally mandated.
- 1 oz whole grain-rich grains
- 1 cup of whole fruit or vegetable, and/or 100% juice
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 oz of whole-grain rich grains
- 1 oz of protein
- 1/2 cup fruit or 100% juice
- 3/4 cup vegetable
- 1 cup milk
Did you know?
The Child Nutrition Department at AESD signed the Arizona Department of Education Whole Grain Pledge in 2018, which means that we serve whole grain-rich items during all of our meal sessions (Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, and Supper).
Why does this matter? Whole-Grain items are naturally more nutrient-dense than refined grains, and provide students with superior nutrition. So, by serving whole-grain rich items, we are providing our students more:
- Fiber: Can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol. Promotes proper digestion.
- B-Vitamins: Support the body's ability to produce energy. Fight infection and help in the creation of blood cells. Aid in feeling energized.
- Vitamin E: Antioxidant. Supports a strong immune system. Involved in the formation of red blood cells.