SDE: Meal Patterns for Five-day Week

Meal Patterns for Five-day Week

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal patterns for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) are legislated by the final rule, Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, as required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).

For detailed information on the NSLP and SBP meal pattern requirements, review the CSDE's Menu Planning Guide for School Meals.

School Year 2015-16 (Effective July 1, 2015)
The meal patterns below are for schools that regularly operate on a five-day week. Meal patterns for schools that regularly operate on a four-day week are on the CSDE's Meal Patterns for Four-day Week Web page. Meal patterns for schools that regularly operate on a seven-day week, such as residential child care institutions (RCCIs), are on the CSDE's Meal Patterns for RCCIs Web page.
National School Lunch Program (NSLP) School Breakfast Program (SBP)
Standard Grade Groups (K-5, 6-8, 9-12)
  • Lunch All grades (K-12)  [PDF]
  • Lunch Grades K-5  [PDF]
  • Lunch Grades 6-8  [PDF]
  • Lunch Grades 9-12  [PDF]
Multiple Grade Groups *
  • Lunch Grades K-8 *  [PDF]
  • Lunch Grades PK-5 *  [PDF]
Lunch Menu Planning Checklists
  • Grades K-5  [PDF]
  • Grades 6-8  [PDF]
  • Grades 9-12  [PDF]
  • Grades K-8  [PDF]
  • Grades PK-8  [PDF]
Standard Grade Groups (K-5, 6-8, 9-12)
  • Breakfast All grades (K-12)  [PDF]
  • Breakfast Grades K-5  [PDF]
  • Breakfast Grades 6-8  [PDF]
  • Breakfast Grades 9-12  [PDF]
Multiple Grade Groups *
  • Breakfast Grades K-8 *  [PDF]
  • Breakfast Grades K-12 *  [PDF]
  • Breakfast Grades 6-12 *  [PDF]
* These meal patterns are for schools with unusual grade configurations that prevent students from being separated into the three required grade groups.

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 Menu Forms
  • 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]
  • Breakfast Ages 1-2  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Breakfast Ages 3-4  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Lunch Ages 1-2  [PDF]  [DOC]
  • Lunch Ages 3-4  [PDF]  [DOC]
* These grain serving sizes apply only to preschool meals in the NSLP and SBP. Schools can choose to use whole grain-rich (WGR) ounce equivalents instead, which provide 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 WGR ounce equivalents.

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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
Child Nutrition Programs
25 Industrial Park Road, Middletown, CT 06457
Telephone: 860-807-2050 Fax: 860-807-2127

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