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Meal Patterns for School Nutrition Programs


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MEAL PATTERNS FOR SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAMS

{Elementary students eating lunch} 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 the NSLP, SBP, and SSO, most schools will use the
5-day meal patterns, which apply to schools that regularly operate on a 5-day week. The 4-day meal patterns apply only to schools that regularly operate on a 4-day week. The 7-day meal patterns apply only to schools that regularly operate on a 7-day week, such as residential child care institutions (RCCIs).

For detailed information on the meal pattern requirements for grades K-12 in the NSLP, SBP, and SSO, review the CSDE's Menu Planning Guide for School Meals. For detailed information on the meal pattern requirements for preschoolers in the NSLP, SBP, and SSO, review the CSDE's Menu Planning Guide for Preschool Meals. For information on the Afterschool Snack Program (ASP) meal patterns for preschool and grades K-12, visit the ASP webpage. For crediting guidance, see the CSDE's Crediting Foods in School Nutrition Programs webpage

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MEAL PATTERNS FOR GRADES K-12
School Year 2017-18 (Effective July 1, 2017)
Lunch (NSLP) Breakfast (SBP)

Standard Grade Groups
(K-5, 6-8, and 9-12)
Multiple Grade Groups
These meal patterns are for schools with unusual grade configurations that prevent students from being separated into the three required grade groups. Lunch Menu Planning Checklists

Standard Grade Groups
(K-5, 6-8, and 9-12)
Multiple Grade Groups
These meal patterns are for schools with unusual grade configurations that prevent students from being separated into the three required grade groups.

PRESCHOOLERS IN THE NSLP AND SBP
New Preschool Meal Patterns
(OCTOBER 1, 2017 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 2019)
    Meal Patterns Menu Forms Regulations and Policy Memos
    • Final Rule: Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
    • Final Rule Corrections: Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
    • USDA Memo CACFP 16-17: Grain-Based Desserts in the Child and Adult Care Food Program
    • USDA Memo SP 37-2017: Flexibility for Co-Mingled Preschool Meals: Questions and Answers
    • USDA Memo SP 30-17: Transition Period for the Updated CACFP Meal Patterns and the Updated NSLP and SBP Infant and Preschool Meal Patterns
    • USDA Memo SP 42-2016 CACFP 14-2016: Early Implementation of the Updated CACFP Meal Pattern Requirements and the NSLP and SBP Infant and Preschool Meal Patterns

    MEAL PATTERN EXEMPTION FOR RCCIS
    Waiver Requirements for Multiple Age Groups USDA Guidance
    The USDA allows RCCIs that meet certain criteria to serve one meal pattern even when the ages/grades being served span more than one age/grade group. This exemption is allowed when the RCCI meets one of the two conditions below:
    1. The RCCI meets the following three criteria:
      • is a juvenile detention or correctional facility;
      • consists of more than one age/grade group; and
      • has legitimate safety concerns or state juvenile justice laws or regulations related to offering meals with varying amounts of food within the same meal period.

    2. The RCCI is NOT a juvenile detention or correctional facility but can demonstrate operational limitations to separating age/grade groups and can show legitimate safety concerns if students are served meals with different portion sizes.
        Eligible RCCIs must submit a written waiver request to the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) using the CSDE's Meal Pattern Exception Request Form.
      CSDE Operational Memo 36-12:
      Residential Child Care Institutions Exception for Safety if Serving Multiple Age/Grade Groups

      CSDE Operational Memo 40-13:
      Extending Flexibility for Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs) in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

      RESOURCES

        General Program Guidance   Meal Pattern Requirements

        Menu Planning   Crediting Foods
      For more resources, review the Child Nutrition Programs and Menu Planning and Food Production resource lists on the CSDE's Resources for Child Nutrition Programs webpage.
      CONTACT:  CSDE School Nutrition Programs Staff
      Connecticut State Department of Education
      Bureau of Health, Nutrition, Family Services and Adult Education
      Child Nutrition Programs
      450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 504
      Hartford, CT 06103-1841
      Phone: 860-807-2050
      Fax: 860-807-2127


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