THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
State agencies and school meal program operators are reminded that Sodium Target 1A, as promulgated by the Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains and Sodium - Final Rule, goes into effect on July 1, 2023, in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) only. There will be no change to sodium limits for breakfasts served through the School Breakfast Program (SBP). Please refer to this chart for specific Sodium Target 1A limits by grade level.
As a reminder, Sodium Target 1A is included in the Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Final Rule published in February 2022. The 2022 transitional “bridge” rule provided schools with short-term standards as they moved beyond COVID nutrition standard waivers. The proposed rule - Child Nutrition Programs: Revisions to Meal Patterns Consistent with the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans - published in February 2023 aims to provide schools with long-term, durable nutrition standards in line with the latest nutrition science. The Department plans to develop a final rule based on feedback gathered during the public comment period and publish that final rule in early 2024.
FNS is pleased to share several resources to aid school meal program operators in Sodium Target 1A implementation. Schools can access lower sodium standardized recipes that meet school meal pattern requirements through the Institute of Child Nutrition's Child Nutrition Recipe Box and Team Nutrition's Recipes for Healthy Kids: Cookbook for Schools. The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) also offers sodium reduction resources and online courses through the ICN's Shaking it Up initiative, which features strategies and best practices for reducing sodium in school menus.