School Meal Regulations

The SNA of Utah is an organization of school nutrition professionals who feed Utah's schoolchildren.  In addition to lunch, many Utah schools offer breakfast, after school snack programs, milk programs, and more.

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USDA is the governing agency that sets the guidelines for all school nutrition programs.  In Utah, the Department of Education is the agency who works directly with schools in implementing the USDA school nutrition programs.

USDA policy sets the nutrition standards by which school meals must meet in order for schools to receive Federal Reimbursement for meals served.  The term "reimbursable meal" is often used to identify a meal that meets all the guidelines set forth by the USDA.

In addition to nutrition standards, school nutrition departments must meet other requirements including, but not limited to:  Food safety, financial assistance for meals, commodity food procurement, purchasing rules, and more.

For more information, please click on one of the links below:

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School Nutrition Standards Final Rule USDA Presentation:  New Meal Pattern Feb 2012
Reimbursement Rates Final Rule vs. Current Rule Comparison Chart
Food Distribution Program Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act
Team Nutrition National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Fact Sheet
Wellness Policy Resources NSLP History   
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program  
Details on the Competitive Foods Rule