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Menu Planning


Menu Planning Tools


Meal Pattern Tables

SFAs that would like to continue utilizing the meal pattern flexibilities for milk, whole grain, and sodium must submit a Meal Pattern Flexibility Waiver.

The substitution of vegetables for fruit flexibility (SP 11-2021) is effective until September 30th, 2021.

In a Nutshells

Menu Planning Worksheets



Weekly Nutrient Calculators

For 6-day and 7-day worksheets and a 7-day weekly nutrient calculator, visit the RCCI webpage

Food Buying Guide (FBG)

Meal Pattern Flexibilities

Serving Meals during COVID-19

CN Labels and PFS
International Meals
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 under the Menu Planning Tools heading.

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
Additional Resources


Contact a Public Health Nutritionist with any menu planning questions.