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Nutrition Standards

  • Each meal served must contain at least one-third of the current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRI) for older adults. (Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Science, National Research Council)
  • The caloric range per meal must fall between 700 and 800 calories.
  • The fat content, based on total calories, must not exceed 30-35%.
  • The sodium content of the meal must fall within the range of a “No Added Salt Diet” (3-4gm/day).
  • Only two high sodium meals (>1200mg) are allowed per month.
  • High sodium entrée days must be clearly marked on the menu.
  • Items with more than 500mg of sodium must also be marked.
  • Chicken must be served a minimum of one time per week.
  • Whole muscle meat should be served at least two times per week.
  • Fruit desserts should be served at least three times per week.
  • Good food sources of vitamins A (3 times per week) and C (daily) are required within the menus.

Updated September 2020