What Makes Up A School Lunch?

School Nutrition Services (SNS) looks forward to welcoming students and staff to our cafeterias this school year! SNS will be serving school meals that meet tough new federal standards, ensuring that meals are nutritious and well-balanced, while providing students with all the energy they need to succeed at school.

School meals must include the following components: fruit, vegetable, protein, grain and milk. Meals must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size.

Some of the nutrES Taco Saladitional standards SNS is required to meet are:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits
  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce)
  • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
  • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
  • More whole grains
  • Sodium limits

What is Offer Versus Serve?

The Offer Versus Serve concept is utilized in grades K-12. Offer Versus Serve provides students the opportunity to choose only those foods in which the student intends to eat. This USDA concept is designed to REDUCE food waste and give the student the opportunity to SELECT only foods they will enjoy.

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An example of a complete elementary school lunch.

For lunch students must choose AT LEAST 3 out of the 5 food components (fruit, vegetable, protein, grain, milk) to complete a meal; however, 1 of the 3 groups must be a fruit or vegetable. Choosing less than 3 food groups OR more than 5 food groups will result in being charged ala carte prices for items selected instead of the lunch price.

For breakfast students must choose at least 3 out of the 4 food components (fruit, protein, grain, milk).

To find out more about Loudoun County Pubic Schools healthy school menus please visit the LCPS School Nutrition homepage at http://www.lcpshealthycafe.org and click Menu located on the top of the page or download our new mobile menu app.

Complete Meal Guidelines For Elementary Students

Complete Meal Guidelines For Elementary Students

create a healthy tray english high school middle

Complete Meal Guidelines For Our MS/HS Students


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