Nutrition Guidelines for Food, Beverages

Children who eat school lunches are more likely to consume milk, meats, grains and vegetables than students who bring lunch from home. They also tend to have higher nutrient intakes — both at lunch and over the course of an entire day. We make it a priority to ensure students get nutritious meals that fuel learning and physical activities. The Department serves more than 100,000 meals daily during the school year.

Nutrition Guidelines

The chart below provides an easy reference to the nutrition guidelines for food and beverages sold and served to students on campus. Click here to learn more about the Wellness Guidelines

Glossary of Terms

Click here to view a glossary of terms related to school food. 

Additional Resources


Note: Do not use to calculate nutrition requirements for beverages.

  • Scratch-made items calculator, click here for the Alliance Product Calculator or click here for SELFNutritionData.

Carbohydrate Counts

  • Click here to view carb counts which are listed on the special meal accommodations page. 

Smart Snack Nutrition Standards
  • Click here for a summary of HIDOE Smart Snack Nutrition Standards for all foods/beverages sold in schools.

‘Aina Pono: Harvest of the Month Nutrition Information

Okinawan Sweet Potato PieThe Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE) continues its efforts to include local agriculture in student meals through its 'Aina Pono: Harvest of the Month program

This November, participating public schools statewide will be serving Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie. For more information, click here

To view the carbohydrate count for the Okinawan Sweet Potato Pie, click here

Previous months of the 'Aina Pono: Harvest of the Month program featured: 

2017-2018 School Year

2018-2019 School Year

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