School Meals Initiative (SMI)

What is SMI?

The School Meals Initiative (SMI) includes all of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) regulations and policies that address the nutrition standards for school meals. These SMI regulations augment the statutory nutrition requirements for the NSLP and SBP and provide SFAs/schools with a variety of alternatives for planning menus. In addition, SMI encompasses actions to support State agencies and school food authorities in improving school meals and encouraging children to improve their overall diets. These actions include training school foodservice personnel to serve healthy meals and teaching children to make healthy dietary choices.

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Road to SMI Success
Nutrient Analysis Protocol
SMI Frequently Asked Questions

What is a SMI Review?

The Arizona Department of Education is responsible for administering SMI Reviews of Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) operating the NSLP and SBP in Arizona. These reviews ensure compliance of State and federal regulations pertaining to school meal nutrition. In Arizona, SMI Reviews are conducted with the Coordinated Review Effort (CRE) at least once every five years and consist of an analysis or validation of menus to be sure the SMI nutrition goals are achieved.

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