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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

Substitution of vegetables for fruit at breakfast: School food authorities (SFAs) participating in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) may credit any vegetable offered in place of fruit. This flexibility is effective for school years 2021-22 and 2022-23, and provides additional flexibility in planning breakfast menus, but does not require SFAs to make any menu changes (USDA Policy Memorandum SP 08-2022).

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 (OVS) flexibility
    • With the OVS flexibility, it is not required to provide students in grades 9-12 the option to decline up to two meal components. Instead, you may serve all five required components in the daily minimum amounts to each student. 
    • Without the OVS flexibility, OVS is required at lunch for grades 9-12. See OVS In a Nutshell for more information.
  • Meal Pattern flexibility
    • With the meal pattern flexibility, you may choose to serve only one meal pattern to all students, regardless of their age/grade group. You must follow the meal pattern for the highest age/grade group at your institution (usually grades 9-12).
    • Without the meal pattern flexibility, students must be served according to their corresponding meal pattern. See the meal pattern tables for more information.
  • Milk Variety flexibility
    • With the milk variety flexibility, a variety of milk types may be offered over the course of the week, instead of at each meal service.
    • Without the milk variety flexibility, a variety of milk must be offered daily, at each meal service. See Milk in a Nutshell for more information.

Other Resources


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