School Meal Guidelines

Final Rule Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs Jan. 2012
This document summarizes the required components of the new meal pattern.

New Meal Pattern Timeline (Courtesy of the Texas Dept of Agriculture)
Understanding that change takes time, this document explains when we are required to phase in different elements of the new meal pattern.

School Food 101 Resources from School Food FOCUS

  • USDA Commodity Foods in School Lunchcolor and greyscale [PDF]
  • The National School Lunch Program: color [PDF]

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation School Food Resources

Dishing Out Healthy School Meals, How Efforts to Balance Meals and Budgets are Bearing Fruit

From Soup to Nuts, Tips on Moving Towards Healthier School Meals

Walk to a Farmers Market Near You!

Many farmers markets are open from June through October.  Take a walk on over to the market after school and check out what’s in season! For more details about a market near you, check out these custom made maps:

East Boston- Central Square Farmers Market
(East Boston High School, Umana/Alighieri K-8 School, O’Donnell Elementary School, P.J. Kennedy Elementary School, Otis Elementary School, East Boston Early Education Center, McKay K-8 School, Adams Elementary School)

Mattapan- Mattapan Farmers Market
(Mildred Ave K-8 School, Mattahunt Elementary School, Ellison/Parks Early Education Center, Chittick Elementary School)

Roxbury- Dudley Town Common Farmers Market
(Orchard Garden K-8 School, Boston Day and Evening Academy, Dearborn Middle School, Mason Elementary School)

Roxbury/Mission Hill- Mission Hill Farmers Market
(Boston Latin School, Tobin K-8 School, Mission Hill School, New Mission High School)

Harvest of the Month Posters



Butternut Squash



Collard Greens

Green Beans





Sweet Potatoes