What are the meal nutrition requirements?
School meals must meet federal nutrition requirements and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, but decisions about what foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by school food authorities. Regulations establish a standard for school lunches to provide one-third of the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, and calcium. In addition, an adequate amount of calories must be provided for students. Schools' compliance with both the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the RDA's guidelines are measured over a school week's menu.