State law requires at least 20 minutes to eat lunch after sitting down.
Mississippi Administrative Code 7-3-38.11 Nutrition Standard
. Minimum and maximum time allotment for students and staff lunch and breakfast periods
- i. Schools shall schedule at least a minimum of 24 minutes to ensure an adequate eating time for school lunch. The factors influencing the lunch period are wait time, consumption time, standard deviation/variability and social time.
- ii. Since school breakfast is not factored into the regular school day, schools should take into consideration the recommended time of 10 minutes for a child to eat school breakfast after they have received the meal.