The national school nutrition guidelines involve not only what schools serve, but also include how cafeteria workers serve the foods. Upgrading school nutrition guidelines to meet the National School Lunch Program requirements results in healthier school meals designed to help fight hunger and obesity.
School lunch nutrition guidelines ensure that meal programs offer students both fruits and vegetables every day. Milk products must be low-fat or fat-free. Additionally, school meal programs must increase the availability of whole grain foods.
Portion control guidelines require food servers to limit calories based on the age of the students and the coinciding correct portions. The nutritional guidelines also extend to offering only smart snack foods in school stores and vending machines.