Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity


The guidelines established by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 for the school breakfast program will go into effect in phases beginning during the 2013-2014 school year.


The School Breakfast Program made the following changes:

  • Calories: the average calories per meal each week now varies by grade, with different calorie limits for each grade category: K-5 (350 – 500 calories), 6-8 (400 – 550 calories), 9-12 (450 – 600 calories).
  • Schools must now offer 5 cups of fruit each week during breakfast (previously 2.5 cups per week), only half of which can come from 100% fruit juice.  Students must select at least ½ a cup of fruit for each breakfast meal.
  • Vegetables can be substituted for fruits once the 1st2 cups of fruit have been offered.
  • By school year 2014-2015 all grains much be whole grain rich, which means at least 51% whole grain.

For more information view the final rule here: