Meal Pattern Tables
- Breakfast Meal Pattern Table
- Lunch Meal Pattern Table
- Breakfast and Lunch Meal Pattern Table (Spanish)
- Short- or Long-Week Meal Pattern Tables (applies only to schools who regularly operate shorter or longer instructional weeks. Does not apply to weeks with holidays or snow days)
- Infant and Preschool Meal Pattern Tables
Meal Pattern Components
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP) There are five required meal pattern components: Meat/Meat Alternate (M/MA), Grain, Milk, Fruit, and Vegetable.
- School Breakfast Program (SBP) There are three required meal pattern components: Grain, Fruit (or Vegetable), and Milk.
All required components must be offered at each meal service.
- Meat/Meat Alternate In a Nutshell
- Crediting Meat/Meat Alternates in Child Nutrition Programs Tip Sheet (USDA)
- E-learning course: The Meat/Meat Alternate Component (also available in Spanish)
- Offering Meats and Meat Alternates at School Breakfast(USDA) (Spanish)
- Get Creative with Meat and Meat Alternates
- Tofu In a Nutshell
- Crediting Tofu and Soy Yogurt Products, SP 53-2016, USDA, 08/08/2016
- Shelf-stable, Dried Snacks Made from Meat, Poultry, or Seafood SP 21-2019, USDA, 04/17/19
- Questions and Answers on Alternate Protein Products (USDA)
- Grains In a Nutshell
- E-learning course: The Grain Component (also available in Spanish)
- Whole Grain Resource for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs USDA - updated 08/19/2022
- Grain Requirements for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program SP 30-2012, USDA, 04/26/12
- Whole Grains Council - Recipes and resources
- Milk In a Nutshell
- E-learning course: The Milk Component (also available in Spanish)
- Variety Item Recipe (previously "Milk Recipe")
- This recipe template may be used for the same amount of a variety of items that are put out daily, such as milk, juice, fruit, or cereal.
- Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk SP 29-2011, USDA, 04/14/11
- Bulk Milk: considerations for purchasing and serving
- Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin
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Inadequate Fluid Milk Supply: If your SFA cannot get a supply of fluid milk due to an emergency, please submit an Inadequate Fluid Milk Supply Request within 2 business days. Find more information within the Federal Regulations [7 CFR 210.10(d)(2)].
- Vegetables In a Nutshell
- Crediting Vegetables in Child Nutrition Programs Tip Sheet (USDA)
- E-learning course: The Vegetable Component (also available in Spanish)
- Vegetable Subgroups Handout (Spanish)
- Half-Cup Crediting of Fruits and Vegetables Handout
- Meal Requirements under the NSLP and SBP: Questions and Answers for Program Operators Updated to Support the Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Effective July 1, 2022 SP 05-2022, USDA, 3/2/22
- See #79 under Meal Patterns for guidance on offering vegetable subgroups within a shorter or longer school week.
- A Guide to Peas, Lentils, Chickpeas & Beans - USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council and the American Pulse Association