Meal Definitions

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Meal Patter-
Breakfast meals are based on three components offered that include four items:
  • Grain - component #1
    • Must offer a minimum of 1 servings of whole grain per day
    • All grain offerings must be whole grain
  • Fruit - component #2
    • Must offer a minimum of 1 cup of fruit per day
  • Milk - component #3
    • Must offer two types of milk
    • Flavored milk must be non-fat
  • Nutrient Requirements
    • Minimum and Maximum calorie requirements
    • Saturated Fat requirements
    • Sodium Requirements
    • Zero Trans Fats
    • A reimbursable breakfast is when a student takes any three or four items - a student can take all components if they choose AND the student MUST take a minimum of 1/2 cup of fruit.
Lunch meals are based on five components offered:
  • Meat/Meat Alternate - component #1
    • Must offer a minimum of 2 oz. meat/meat alternate per day
  • Grain - component #2
    • Must offer a minimum of 2 servings of grain per day
    • All grain offerings must be whole grain
  • Fruit - component #3
    • Must offer a minimum of 1 cup of fruit per day
  • Vegetable - component #4
    • Must offer a minimum of 1 cup of vegetables per day
  • Milk - component #5
    • Must offer two types of milk
    • Flavored milk must be non-fat
  • Nutrient Requirements
    • Minimum and Maximum calorie requirements
    • Saturated Fat requirements
    • Sodium Requirements
    • Zero Trans Fats
    • A reimbursable meal is when a student takes any three of five components - a student can take all components if they choose AND the student MUST take a minimum of 1/2 cup of fruit or 1/2 cup of vegetables.