School Nutrition

The foods and beverages students consume during school should nourish their growing minds and bodies. Nutrient dense foods can support student health and learning and are an especially important for students who do not eat nutritious meals outside of school.

Nutrition in school is important! 

The foods and beverages students consume during school should nourish their growing minds and bodies. Nutrient dense foods can support student health and learning and are an especially important for students who do not eat nutritious meals outside of school. 

School food service plays a critical role in student wellness and readiness to learn. Nutrition is next to physical activity in its importance for preparing the mind and body for the rigors of the school day. All schools participating in the National School Breakfast and Lunch programs must comply with nutritional guidelines and the Smart Snacks in School Standards for competitive foods/beverages which include items sold in the school store, vending machines for students and school fund raising during the school day. 

The Rockland County School Food Service Directors Cooperative, led by the Rockland County Department of Health, meets twice a year to bring school food service professionals together for peer support, problem solving and resources. For more information, contact the school health coordinator.

Resources for School Food Service Providers: