SDE: Five-day Week Meal Patterns for School Nutrition Programs

Five-day Week Meal Patterns for School Nutrition Programs


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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal patterns for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the NSLP 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. For meal pattern implementation guidance, see the CSDE's Meal Patterns for School Nutrition Programs Web page.



LUNCH AND BREAKFAST MEAL PATTERNS FOR GRADES K-12
School Year 2016-17 (Effective July 1, 2016)
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-5  [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.


FIVE-DAY MEAL PATTERNS FOR PRESCHOOLERS IN THE NSLP AND SBP
(Through September 30, 2017)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) final rule, Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, updates the NSLP preschool meal pattern, effective October 1, 2017. The current preschool meal pattern requirements under 7 CFR 226 remain in effect until that time. For more information, see the USDA’s Nutrition Standards for CACFP Meals and Snacks Web page.
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.


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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