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, 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.
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.
|Philadelphia Nutrition Standards and Implementation Guide 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.||June 24, 2022|
|Philadelphia Nutrition Standards for Early Care and Education Implementation Guide PDF||The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has adapted existing nutrition standards to reflect the latest dietary guidance for birth through five.||June 24, 2022|
|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|
|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|