About the Office of Nutrition and Food Services


The Office of Nutrition and Food Services (ONFS) is responsible for meeting the nutritional and dietary needs of youth housed in DJJ facilities.  This goal is accomplished by providing continuous education, training and support for the food services staff, menu design and distribution and nutrition education information. A team of nationally registered and state licensed dietitians plan all menus, which includes those for breakfast, lunch, dinner and three snacks, providing approximately 3,000 calories per day based on the Recommended Daily Allowances and Dietary Reference Intakes.  DJJ participates in the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and the Wellness Program regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Youth with special dietary needs such as diabetes, hypertension or obesity receive special menus that aid in their overall medical treatment.

As a component of the Office of Health Services, this office is committed to assisting in the growth and development of all youth. This commitment is supported by the provision of healthy foods that supply nutrients and fluids necessary for proper growth, development and health maintenance.  ONFS is an important part of the department's efforts to increase youth awareness regarding long-term healthy food choices and fitness.