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Meal Pattern Tables and Components

Meal Pattern Tables

The Transitional Standards for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Final Rule went into effect on July 1, 2022. For more information regarding changes to the meal pattern from this rule, see the USDA Factsheet.

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.