The National School Lunch and Breakfast program is a federal program that provides a nutritionally balanced meal to children. School lunches must meet meal pattern and nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Meal pattern’s dietary specifications set specific calorie limits to ensure age-appropriate meals for grades K-12. Other meal enhancements include gradual reductions in sodium content of the meals and increase the availability of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It is a complex program that often leaves questions.