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)


On January 26, 2012, the USDA announced the final rule, Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, to update the 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). Most changes for the NSLP were effective July 1, 2012. Most changes for the SBP are effective July 1, 2013. For more information, review the implementation timeline and the meal patterns below.

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.


Please note that all resources below are subject to change. The USDA is still issuing guidance on the new meal patterns. The CSDE will continue to update these resources as additional guidance becomes available from the USDA. Please continue to check back for updates.


National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

NOTE: The lunch meal patterns for school year 2013-14 have been updated to reflect the most recent guidance from the USDA. Please discard any lunch meal patterns dated prior to May 2013.

SCHOOL YEAR 2013-14 (Effective July 1, 2013)
Lunch Meal Patterns Lunch Menu Forms

    Updated (May 2013)
  • All grades (K-12)  [PDF]
  • Grades K-5  [PDF]
  • Grades 6-8  [PDF]
  • Grades 9-12  [PDF]

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 (School Year 2013-14)
The meal patterns and menu planning worksheets below are only for schools with unusual grade configurations that prevent students from being separated into the required grade groups at lunch. If students can be served separately in their appropriate grade groups, schools must use the required lunch meal patterns for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
Lunch Meal Patterns Lunch Menu Forms
    Updated (May 2013)
  • Grades K-8  [PDF]
  • Grades PK-5  [PDF]

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)

NOTE: The breakfast meal patterns for school year 2013-14 have been updated as of May 2013, based on new guidance from the USDA (see operational memorandum 24-13). Please discard any breakfast meal patterns dated prior to May 2013.

SCHOOL YEAR 2013-14 (Effective July 1, 2013)
Breakfast Meal Patterns

NOTE: School food authorities must seek permission from the CSDE to implement the new SBP meal patterns earlier than required by the USDA. Contact your CSDE consultant for more information.
    Updated (May 2013)
  • All grades (K-12)  [PDF]
  • Grades K-5  [PDF]
  • Grades 6-8  [PDF]
  • Grades 9-12  [PDF]
Multiple Grade Groups (School Year 2013-14)
The meal patterns and menu planning worksheets below are only for schools with unusual grade configurations that prevent students from being separated into the required grade groups at breakfast. If students can be served separately in their appropriate grade groups, schools must use the required breakfast meal patterns for grades
K-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
     Updated (May 2013)
  • 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.

        Meal Patterns Menu Forms
        • Preschool Breakfast Pattern  [PDFUpdated (May 2013)
        Breakfast Ages 1-2  [PDF]  [DOC]
        Breakfast Ages 3-4  [PDF]  [DOC]
        • Preschool Lunch Meal Pattern  [PDFUpdated (May 2013)
        Lunch Ages 1-2  [PDF]  [DOC]
        Lunch Ages 3-4  [PDF]  [DOC]
        • 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.


        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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