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School Nutrition
Milk, cheese and yogurt contribute important nutrients to the school meal programs. In fact, milk is the number one food source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium in children’s diets. National Dairy Council offers resources, such as sample menus and analysis that meet nutrition guidelines, to support School Nutrition Professionals in efforts to provide healthy meals to students. These sample menus utilized USDA Recipes or products currently in the marketplace and feature Offer verses Serve options overall (not with each food station).

Sample School Menus

Sample School Lunch Menu 9-12
Sample School Lunch Menu K-5
Sample School Lunch Menu 6-8
Sample School Breakfast Menu K-5
Sample School Breakfast Menu 6-8
Sample School Breakfast Menu 9-12

Nutrient Information

USDA Analysis Lunch Week 1
USDA Analysis Lunch Week 2
Nutrient Analysis: Lunch 9-12
Nutrient Analysis: Lunch Menu 6-8
Nutrient Analysis: Lunch Menu K-5
Menu Analysis Support Documentation
Nutrient Analysis: Breakfast Menu K-5
Nutrient Analysis: Breakfast Menu 6-8
Nutrient Analysis: Breakfast 9-12

Healthier US Schools Challenge

Healthier US Application Criteria

Additional Information

Position Statement: Dairy Foods and School Nutrition Standards
School Milk and Childhood Heath Presentation from Rachel K. Johnson, PhD, MPH, RD
Encouraging Milk Consumption in Schools

Child Nutrition Health Education Kit

A "one-stop shop" for the latest science-based information on the role of nutrient-rich dairy foods in improving child nutrition.