About School Meal Programs

The SNA of South Carolina is an organization of school nutrition professionals who provide nourishing meals everyday to the schoolchildren in South Carolina.  In addition to lunch, many South Carolina schools offer breakfast, after school snack programs, milk programs, and more.Whats For LunchUSDA is the governing agency that sets the guidelines for all school nutrition programs.  In South Carolina, the Department of Education is the agency who works directly with schools in implementing the USDA school nutrition programs.

USDA policy sets the nutrition standards by which school meals must meet in order for schools to receive Federal Reimbursement for meals served.  The term "reimbursable meal" is often used to identify a meal that meets all the guidelines set forth by the USDA.

In addition to nutrition standards, school nutrition departments must meet other requirements including, but not limited to:  Food safety, financial assistance for meals, commodity food procurement, purchasing rules, and more.

For more information, please click on one of the links below:

SNA South Carolina Depart. of Education  USDA USDA School Meals
Breakfast Requirments Final Rule USDA Presentation:  New Meal Pattern Feb 2012
Lunch Requirements Final Rule vs. Current Rule Comparison Chart
Choices and/or Offer vs. Serve  Implementing the Health Hunger Free Kids Act
 Reimbursement Rate History  National School Lunch Program (NSLP) Fact Sheet
 Food Distribution Program NSLP History   
 Team Nutrition  
 Wellness Policy Resources  
Special Dietary Needs for Children  
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program