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Menu Planning

 

Menu Planning Tools

 

Meal Pattern Tables

The substitution of vegetables for fruit flexibility (SP06-2020) is effective until June 30th, 2021.

Nutshells

Weekly Nutrient Calculators

Breakfast and Lunch

Menu Planning Worksheets

 
Lunch
Breakfast

Visit the RCCI webpage for 6-day and 7-day worksheets and a 7-day weekly nutrient calculator.

Food Buying Guide

For information on the Pre-K meal pattern, visit the Infants and Preschool in the NSLP and SBP webpage.

Meal Pattern Flexibilities
Crediting
CN Labels and PFS
International Meals

Menu Ideas

In-House Yield Study
Offer versus Serve (OVS)

OVS is required only for 9-12 students at lunch, but optional (and encouraged) for K-8 at lunch and K-12 at breakfast.

  • At breakfast, schools must offer at least four food items and students must select at least three food items, one of which is 1/2 cup fruit and/or vegetable.
  • At lunch, schools must offer all five components and students must select at least three components, one of which is 1/2 cup fruit and/or vegetable.

For specific quantities of what to offer each age/grade group, please refer to the meal pattern tables at the top of the webpage.

Food Waste

For information about sharing/no thank you tables and donating food to charitable organizations, please visit the Food Waste and Donations section of the Food Safety webpage.

Field Trip Meals
Salad Bars
Vegetarian
Sodium
Additional Resources

Contact

Contact a Public Health Nutritionist with any menu planning questions.