School Nutrition and Special Diets


In accordance with USDA regulations and recommendations from the American Dietary Guidelines, all school meals are analyzed to ensure that, when averaged over the week, lunch provides students with a minimum of 33% of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for:

  • calories based on age
  • protein
  • vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron

They must also contain less than 35% fat and less than 10% saturated fat.

Breakfast provides 25% of the above stated items and follows the same fat and saturated fat requirements as lunch.

In addition, schools meals:

  • Provide a minimum of 1 serving of whole grain breads per day.
  • Provide a minimum of 2 servings of fruits and vegetables for lunch at elementary schools.
  • Provide secondary students with 5-6 choices of fruits and vegetables at lunch each day.
  • Use cheeses, mayonnaise, and dressings that are low fat (even the cheese on the Papa John’s® pizza).

The Papa John’s® pizza is less than 35% fat and less than 10% saturated fat and is specifically made to meet the School Meal requirements.

Access more information on Special diet medical form, Elementary Nutrient Analysis, Allergen and Gluten Free Guidance, and Secondary Nutrient Analysis, Allergen and Gluten Free Guidance.

Supporting Local Farmers!

The Child Nutrition Service supports local farmers through targeted purchasing. Year to date we have purchased over 52,000 pounds of local produce valued at over $44,000. Those products have included Apples, cabbage, sweet potatoes, cucumbers, green peppers and tomatoes. Our goal is to expand the use of local products and we have begun to network with local agriculture organizations to facilitate this process. Watch our menus in the coming year for more fresh, local produce “Thousands of miles fresher”