Child Nutrition Program
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) establishes the nutrition standards for all programs that offer meals through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Nutrition standards ensure that children have access to nutrient-dense foods while at school.
Breakfast and lunch, as well as after-school meal programs, such as snacks and supper at participating schools, are offered at NO COST to all students attending Palm Beach County Schools. Students can fuel up with nutritious meals from all food groups - Protein, Whole Grains, Fruit, Vegetables, and Milk.
We have a dedicated and experienced team of registered dietitians, chefs, and school nutrition experts that oversee menu development for our programs.
Did you know…?
- 100% of our items are whole grain rich…more than the required USDA guideline.
- We offer a variety of vegetables and fruits each day, including:
- Freshly prepared side salads
- Hot vegetables
- Fresh, dried, and cupped fruit
- Each day we offer at least one vegetarian option, such as:
- Plant-based Chik’N Nuggets
- Buffalo Boneless Wings
- Black Bean Burgers
- Our Fresh From the Farm program provides Florida-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables like:
- Green beans
- Products specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs of our students come from brands you know and trust. These include:
- General Mills
- We offer meal accommodations to students based on special dietary needs and food allergies.
Enhanced Menu Promotions
Throughout the school year, we develop various menu promotions to highlight different cultures and holidays, as well as to provide education on food celebration days or weeks, such as National Peach Cobbler Day on April 13th and National School Breakfast Week in March. Culturally diverse menu items include Spanish Rice, Chicken Fajitas, Potstickers with Asian Fried Rice, Collard Greens, and Black Eyed Peas.
Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP)
Many of our elementary schools participate in the FFVP, sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), providing all children in participating schools with a variety of free fresh fruit and vegetable snacks during the school day. The FFVP is an effective and creative way of introducing students to healthy snack options by exposing them to fruits and vegetables they otherwise may not have the opportunity to sample.
Our School Food Service Department strives to be the best in the country. Our core values are Passion, Quality, and Respect, and our mission is to provide nutritious meals and promote healthy living. We put Kids First in everything we do!