New York City Food Standards

Standards for Meals and Snacks

New York City was the first major city in the country to set nutrition standards for all foods purchased or served by the City.  The standards were created with the goal of improving the health of all New Yorkers served by City agencies by decreasing risk of chronic disease related to poor nutritional intake.

The standards apply to the approximately 230 million meals and snacks per year that are served in places such as schools, senior centers, homeless shelters, child care centers, after school programs, correctional facilities, public hospitals and parks.
The standards require City agencies to serve only healthier beverages such as skim or 1 percent milk and water, eliminate deep frying, include two servings of fruits and vegetables in every lunch and dinner, and lower salt content and increase the amount of fiber in meals served. The Standards for Meals/Snacks Purchased and Served were enacted September 2008 and were revised in 2011 and 2015.

Download the Standards for Meals/Snacks Purchased and Served

Download the Implementation Guide for Meals/Snacks Purchased and Served Standards

Use these standards to make your workplace or neighborhood organization healthier! While these standards were developed for New York City agencies, we recommend and encourage their use in other environments such as faith-based organizations, private businesses, non-profit organizations and other community centers.

Other Food Standards

New York City has established standards for all beverage and food vending machines contracted by City agencies as well as standards for food served at meetings and events sponsored by City agencies and standards for commissaries in correctional facilities.  All standards are pursuant to Executive Order 122.

Download the Standards for Food Vending Machines

Download the Implementation Guide for Food Vending Machine Standards
Download the Standards for Beverage Vending Machines
Download the Implementation Guide for Beverage Vending Machine Standards
Download the Standards for Meetings and Events
Download the Standards for Commissaries