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Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs)

RCCIs are eligible to participate in and receive reimbursement for the School Breakfast Program (SBP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the After School Snack Program if meals and snacks are served to eligible children and meet the meal pattern requirements.

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 at breakfast flexibility (SP 11-2021) is effective for the entire 2021-2022 school year.

Menu Planning Worksheets

Weekly Nutrient Calculator

Breakfast and Lunch

Meal Pattern Waivers

The USDA provides flexibilities for juvenile detentions, correctional facilities, and alternative schools in specific areas of the meal pattern. Please submit an online request for any of the following flexibilities:
  • Offer versus Serve waiver
    • With an OVS waiver, all students, including those in grades 9-12, may be served full portions of all components. If this is the case, every tray must include every component in the full serving size, including milk, to count as a reimbursable meal.
    • Without an OVS waiver, OVS is required at lunch for grades 9-12. See OVS In a Nutshell for more information.
  • Grade Grouping waiver
    • With a grade grouping waiver, all students are offered or served the amount for the oldest grade group (usually 9-12).
    • Without a GG waiver, students must be offered or served to meet their appropriate grade grouping. See the meal pattern tables for more information
  • Milk waiver
    • With a milk waiver, a variety of milk types must be offered over the course of the week.
    • Without a milk waiver, a variety of milk must be offered daily. See Milk in a Nutshell for more information.


Hannah Snider, MPH, RDN, CD
Public Health Nutritionist
(608) 267-9286
Michelle Zvonar
Nutrition Program Consultant
(608) 267-9125