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City of Philadelphia nutrition standards

Nutrition standards are an evidence-based strategy to align meals and snacks with the latest dietary guidance. They are a model for other large institutions and employers, and send a market signal to suppliers to provide competitively priced healthy food options.

2022 Revisions to the Philadelphia Nutrition Standards

The Philadelphia Nutrition Standards, mandated by Executive Order No. 4-14 (see below), were revised in 2022 to align with the 2020-2025 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the updated NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Food Standards. They also reflect recommendations from Department of Public Health staff, other City departments, and community partners.

The Health Department solicited comments on the revised standards by posting them publicly on the City’s website in October 2021 and sharing them with affected City agencies, the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council, and other partners. Reviewers could submit feedback via an online form. Feedback was compiled and evaluated by Health Department staff (see below, Changes to Nutrition Standards Based on Public Feedback). 

Voluntary Standards for Hospitals

The Health Department has also developed voluntary standards for hospitals interested in offering healthier options to their patients, staff, and visitors. Hospitals can participate by joining the Good Food, Healthy Hospitals Initiative.

Name Description Released Format
Philadelphia Nutrition Standards (Revised 2022) PDF These updated nutrition standards provide the latest dietary guidance for all meals purchased, served, sold, or prepared through City-funded programming. February 23, 2022
Philadelphia Nutrition Standards for Early Care and Education (Revised 2022) PDF These updated nutrition standards provide the latest dietary guidance for birth through age five. March 24, 2022
Changes to Nutrition Standards Based on Public Feedback PDF This memo summarizes public feedback and next steps related to the 2022 revisions to the Philadelphia Nutrition Standards. February 23, 2022
Executive Order No. 4-14: Establishing Nutrition Standards for Food and Beverages Purchased, Prepared, or served by City Agencies PDF A 2014 Executive Order establishing citywide nutrition standards for foods and beverages purchased, prepared or served by City agencies. October 9, 2018
Philadelphia Comprehensive Nutrition Standards PDF Required and recommended guidelines designed to help agencies that purchase, serve, sell, or otherwise provide food to clients, patients, employees and the general public. October 9, 2018
Philadelphia Nutrition Standards Revision Memo PDF Revisions to the Philadelphia Comprehensive Nutrition Standards. October 9, 2018
Philadelphia Nutrition Standards and Implementation Guide PDF Recommended and required guidelines and practical tools to assist agencies in planning, purchasing or serving food. October 9, 2018
Philadelphia Nutrition Standards for Early Care and Education PDF Recommended standards for nutrition, physical activity and screen time in early care and education programs. October 9, 2018
Board of Health Resolution on Childhood Obesity in Early Childhood Care PDF A 2017 Board of Health resolution recommending nutrition and screen time standards for early care and education programs. October 9, 2018
Food, Beverage, and Procurement Standards for Hospitals PDF Recommended standards designed to help hospitals set and achieve nutrition goals. February 18, 2020
Cooking Resource Guide PDF This guide includes important cooking-related information and recipes that may be used at your sites to encourage healthy and safe cooking practices. February 18, 2020
Food Service Toolkit PDF This toolkit explains in everyday terms how smart procurement and preparation decisions can help your agency's food be healthy, delicious, and comply with the Philadelphia Nutrition Standards. February 18, 2020

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