About School Meal Programs

ISNA is an organization of school nutrition professionals who feed Indiana's school children.  In addition to lunch, many Indiana schools offer breakfast, after school snack programs, milk programs, and more.File Manager -> WhatsForLunch.jpg  USDA is the governing agency that sets the guidelines for all school nutrition programs.  In Indiana, 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.

File Manager -> SchoolLunches.JPGIn 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:


File Manager -> INgov.jpg Indiana Department of Education  File Manager -> USDAlogo.png 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  
Food Distribution Program  
Team Nutrition  
Wellness Policy Resources  
Special Dietary Needs for Children  
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program