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Meal Pattern Components





There are five required meal pattern components in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), including Meat/Meat Alternate (M/MA), Grain, Milk, Fruit, and Vegetable. There are three required meal pattern components in the School Breakfast Program (SBP), including Grain, Fruit (or Vegetable), and Milk. These must be offered by schools during each lunch meal and each breakfast meal, respectively.


The flexibility allowing low-fat, flavored milk in the NSLP and SBP is now effective through February 18, 2022. This provides additional flexibility in planning school breakfast and lunch menus; but, does not require schools to make any menu changes.