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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.

To support student health, wellness, and academic achievement, DCPS Food and Nutrition Services holds some of the highest nutrition standards of any school district in the country.

DCPS follows federal nutrition regulations established by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and DCPS follows local nutrition regulations established by the DC Healthy Schools Act and Amendment.

In addition to both federal and local regulations, DCPS holds themselves to following standards:

  • Tree nuts are not served in any meals funded through USDA Child Nutrition programs
  • Vegetarian meals are available each day
  • Pork or products containing pork are not served in any school
  • Fish must be offered twice per 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.