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What is School Lunch All About?

The goals of the Milford School Lunch Program are to provide nutritious, attractive, and tasty meals at an affordable price.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is governed by federal and state guidelines set by the US. Dept. of Agriculture and the State Department of Education. Meals are planned to meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and one-third of the Recommended Dietary allowances for school-age children.

The following key nutrients are the focus of our meals:

  • calories
    <30% calories from fat
    <10% calories from saturated fat

  • protein

  • calcium

  • iron

  • vitamin A

  • vitamin C

School meals are planned to encourage children to choose a variety of foods (an established dietary guideline) by making food choices on a daily basis. Our entrée, side dishes and milk choices are offered to help students best meet their recommended nutrient levels especially for vitamins A, C and calcium.


Support Education

Our goal is to support education by serving healthy, nutritious meals to Milford Public School students and other patrons, and to partner in the educational process though nutrition education and other outreach programs.

The Food Services Department serves as the largest "direct to the customer" support services department in the district:  on a typical day, we happily serve at least one meal (breakfast or lunch) to approximately 80% of the students enrolled in the district.

Why is this important?

Numerous studies indicate that students who eat a healthy breakfast and/or lunch:

  • have fewer absences

  • perform better academically

  • make fewer trips to school nurses

  • have few disciplinary problems

In short, these studies indicate a direct link between good nutrition and an increased likelihood of student success.  Clearly, these studies indicate what many parents and educators already know: hungry children don't learn very well!

Good Nutrition

As noted above, good nutrition and academic success go hand-in-hand.  Our goal is not only to provide students with healthy, well-balanced meals, but is also to provide nutrition education to students so that they are able to make healthy food choices throughout their lives.  Menus are planned so that breakfast meals provide 1/4 of the nutrients needed daily according to the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA's) for the different age groups.  Lunches are planned to provide 1/3 of RDA's.  Menus are also planned so that no more than 30 percent of calories are from fat, with no more than 10 percent of calories from saturated fat.  Sugar and sodium are used in moderation, and high fiber foods are offered on a daily basis.

Our goal is to provide students with a healthy, nutritious meal and educating them on making healthy food choices throughout their lives.  By exposing them to a variety of different foods, students will learn that there are no such things as "bad" foods and that when used in moderation, any food can be incorporated into a healthy diet.


The best organizations and companies deliver consistency as their number one product.  Customers who know that they can "depend" on a company's product/service tend to be the most loyal and most satisfied.

Milford's Food Service Department aims to consistently deliver our product - delicious, healthy meals - with superior customer service.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Washington, D.C.  20250


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