SDE: Meal Patterns (Five-day Week)

Meal Patterns (Five-day Week)

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Meal Patterns and Nutrient Standards for School Meals (Grades K-12)


In January 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) final rule, Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, updated school meals offered under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP), as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).

These meal patterns and menu planning forms are for schools operating on a regular school week (five days). Meal patterns and menu forms for schools that regularly serve meals seven days a week, such as residential child care institutions (RCCIs), are on the CSDE's Meal Patterns for Residential Child Care Institutions Web page. Meal patterns and menu forms for schools that regularly serve meals four days a week are on the CSDE's Meal Patterns for Four-Day Week Web page. For detailed information on the meal pattern requirements, see the CSDE's Menu Planning Guide for School Meals.



National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
SCHOOL YEAR 2014-15 (EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2014)
STANDARD GRADE GROUPS (K-5, 6-8, 9-12)

LUNCH MEAL PATTERNS (2014-15)  Updated December 2014
  • All grades (K-12)  [PDF]
  • Grades K-5  [PDF]
  • Grades 6-8  [PDF]
  • Grades 9-12  [PDF]

LUNCH MENU PLANNING FORMS (2014-15)
These worksheets are intended only for menu planning purposes. They are not the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification worksheets and cannot be used for six cents certification or as the USDA Menu Worksheets for the CSDE Administrative Review of the USDA school nutrition programs. To access the USDA certification worksheets, visit the CSDE’s Six Cents Certification Web page.

  • Form 1 – Grades K-5  [Excel]
    • Sample Completed Form 1  [Excel]
    • Guidance Form 1  [PDF]
  • Form 2 – Grades 6-8  [Excel]
    • Sample Completed Form 2  [Excel]
    • Guidance Form 2  [PDF
  • Form 3 – Grades 9-12  [Excel]
    • Sample Completed Form 3  [Excel]
    • Guidance Form 3  [PDF]
MULTIPLE GRADE GROUPS (K-8, PK-5)
The meal patterns and menu planning worksheets below are for schools with unusual grade configurations that prevent students from being separated into the three required grade groups at lunch (see "Standard Grade Groups" above).

LUNCH MEAL PATTERNS FOR MULTIPLE GRADES (2014-15)  Updated December 2014
  • Grades K-8  [PDF]
  • Grades PK-5  [PDF]

LUNCH MENU FORMS FOR MULTIPLE GRADES (2014-15)
These worksheets are intended only for menu planning purposes. They are not the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification worksheets and cannot be used for six cents certification or as the USDA Menu Worksheets for the CSDE Administrative Review of the USDA school nutrition programs. To access the USDA certification worksheets, visit the CSDE’s Six Cents Certification Web page.
  • Form 4 – Grades K-8  [Excel]
    • Sample Completed Form 4  [Excel]
    • Guidance Form 4  [PDF]

  • Form 5 – Grades PK-5  [Excel]
    • Sample Completed Form 5  [Excel]
    • Guidance Form 5  [PDF]


School Breakfast Program (SBP)
SCHOOL YEAR 2014-15 (EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2014)
STANDARD GRADE GROUPS (K-5, 6-8, 9-12)

BREAKFAST MEAL PATTERNS (2014-15)  Updated December 2014
  • All grades (K-12)  [PDF]
  • Grades K-5  [PDF]
  • Grades 6-8  [PDF]
  • Grades 9-12  [PDF]

MULTIPLE GRADE GROUPS (K-8, PK-5)
The meal patterns below are for schools with unusual grade configurations that prevent students from being separated into the three required grade groups at breakfast (see "Standard Grade Groups" above).

BREAKFAST MEAL PATTERNS FOR MULTIPLE GRADES (2014-15)  Updated December 2014
  • Grades K-8  [PDF]
  • Grades K-12  [PDF]
  • Grades 6-12  [PDF]




Preschool Meals in the NSLP and SBP
The HHFKA requires the USDA to issue a future rule updating the CACFP meal patterns to ensure that meal requirements are the same across all Child Nutrition Programs. Until then, schools must use the existing preschool meal patterns and nutrient standards for breakfasts in the SBP and lunches in the NSLP.

PRESCHOOL MEAL PATTERNS
  • Preschool Breakfast Pattern  [PDF]
  • Preschool Lunch Meal Pattern  [PDF]
  • Nutrient Standards for Preschool Menus  [PDF]
  • Serving Sizes for Grains/Breads for Preschool Meals in the NSLP and SBP  [PDF]

    • Note: These serving sizes for grains apply only to preschool meals in the NSLP and SBP. Schools can choose to use ounce equivalents instead. This provides more nutrient-dense choices for preschoolers and consistency with school meals. Meals in the NSLP and SBP for students in grades K-12 must use ounce equivalents.

PRESCHOOL MENU FORMS
  • Breakfast Ages 1-2  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Breakfast Ages 3-4  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Lunch Ages 1-2  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Lunch Ages 3-4  [PDF]  [DOC]


Afterschool Snack Program
Seamless Summer Food Program (SSFP)
The SSFP follows the meal pattern used by the school district. The SSFP must follow the new meal patterns effective summer 2013 (see NSLP and SBP meal patterns above).


Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
See the SFSP Web Page.



Implementation Guidance



For more resources, review the Child Nutrition Programs and Menu Planning and Food Production sections of the CSDE's Resource Lists.


Contact


CSDE School Nutrition Programs Staff
Connecticut State Department of Education
Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457
Telephone: 860-807-2050
Fax: 860-807- 2127



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