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DCPS Nutritional Standards

Photo of a school lunch trays with grilled chicken, asparagus, peppers, a croissant, an apple and a small carton of milk.

DCPS Food and Nutrition Services holds some of the highest nutrition standards of any school district in the country to support student health, wellness, and academic achievement. DCPS follows federal nutrition regulations established by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, see more information here. DCPS also follows local nutrition regulations established by the DC Healthy Schools Act and Amendment, see more information here.

In addition to federal and local regulations, DCPS follows the following standards:

  • Tree nuts are not served in any meals funded through USDA Child Nutrition programs
  • Vegetarian meals are available each day
  • Fish must be offered twice/month
  • On average, 20% of all food ingredients and products used in the making of the meals must be either locally-grown and/or locally-processed*

**Locally-grown, as defined by the District of Columbia Healthy Schools Act of 2010, means from a grower in: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia. Locally-processed, as defined by the District of Columbia Healthy Schools Act of 2010, means processed at a facility in: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia or West Virginia.