School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children explains key roles of  The National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program play in supporting the nutrition and health of school children in the United States. These programs provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches each school day. While school meals must meet standards established in 1995, ad­vances have been made in dietary guidance in the years since.This report details recommendations for the USDA to consider, especially new standards for menu planning.