Menu Planning

Girl eating sandwich Nutrition Standards for School Meals

Includes regulations, information about menu planning and nutrient analysis software, and the Child Nutrition Labeling Program.

Menu Planning Tools

Menu planning tools, sample menus, and nutrient analysis information for school food service professionals.

Salt Shaker bubbles What’s Shaking: Creative Ways to Boost Flavor with Less Sodium

A national collaborative sodium reduction initiative to foster creative ways to boost flavor and maximize taste to support efforts to lower the sodium content of school meals. This Web site is dedicated to helping the school community find the resources they need to ensure school meals meet current sodium standards.

Food service worker checking in stock Purchasing and Procurement

Provides resources on procurement practices and regulations, competitive purchasing, and forecasting.

USDA Foods Logo USDA Foods (Commodity) Resources

Includes information for the administration of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and other Child Nutrition Programs, and provides recipes and meal plans using USDA foods.

Market display of fruit What's in Season?

Choosing fruits and vegetables that are in season is a great way to stretch food dollars. Learn about the fruits and vegetables that are fresh and in abundance each season!

Beans Beans

Find recipes, fact sheets, resources, and nutritional information to help you and your staff incorporate more beans into the menu.

Collage of fruits and vegetables Fruits and Vegetables

Find recipes, fact sheets, and other resources to help serve more fruits and vegetables.

Collage of whole grain foods Whole Grains

MyPlate encourages you to "Make at least half your grains whole grains." Help students meet this goal!

Doctor with child Special Diets

Information and tools for diabetes management, food allergies, vegetarian diets, and other special diet needs in school.