How do you find nutritional information for school menus?


Quick Answer

As of 2015, broad nutritional information for school meals is posted on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website. Due to regional variation in menus and food availability, nutrition facts such as calorie counts may be found on the individual school district's website, such as the Seattle Public Schools website.

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How do you find nutritional information for school menus?
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As detailed on the USDA website, President Obama's Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act has led to changes in the nutritional requirements for school menus across the United States. The USDA has made a number of memos and other documents that detail the changes available to the public online. The PDF files on the website outline many parts of the act, including the amounts of each food group children of different ages should be consuming per week, acceptable weekly calorie counts and new requirements for the consumption of whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

School district websites such as Seattle Public Schools, or Seaford School District, are able to provide detailed and current nutritional breakdowns for their school menus, including amounts of sodium, fat, protein and carbohydrates per serving. These nutritional facts are generally broken up into different age categories for children, ranging from kindergarten to grade 12. Nutrition.gov supplies further information about changes to school menus.

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