Food Services

Suffolk Public Schools’ Food & Nutrition Services provide nutritionally balanced, free, and low cost meals to more than 14,000 students daily. On average, we serve 9,000 lunches and 3,500 breakfasts each school day.

Studies have proven that by eating healthy and nutritious meals, students performed better academically and socially.

School meals provide approximately one-quarter (1/4) of the Required Daily Intake for breakfast and one-third (1/3) of the Required Daily Intake at lunch for calories, vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium. School lunch must meet the applicable recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommends that no more than 30 percent of an individual’s calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. Items sold a la carte must contribute to the meal pattern or contain at least 5% of at least one of the eight essential nutrients. In addition, ala carte items must meet the goals set forth in the district’s wellness policy.

Our modern school lunch program was formed from the National School Lunch Act of 1946. The federal laws regulating school food services are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Virginia Department of Education. The program has the objective of improving the health of students by providing good, nutritious foods that students will enjoy eating at a price that all students can afford. Another goal of the program is to encourage and promote nutrition education.

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