Meal Requirements

Further reading

Check our blog entry about new school meal requirements.
Schools across the United States offer meals to students that meet the reimbursement guidelines from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). School meals are priced as a unit, and we receive federal and state reimbursement to offset our costs.

To get the most for your money, encourage your child(ren) to purchase a complete meal.

For breakfast, students may choose:
1 serving        Milk (1/2 pint fluid milk)
1 serving        1/2 c. of 100% fruit juice or vegetable must be on the tray
1 serving        Grain / meat / meat alternative (which includes the dairy entree)

If students choose at least 3 components one must be fruit/vegetable (milk, fruit, grain and/or meat/meat alternate), their breakfast will be at the reimbursable meal rate.  If they only choose 2 components, we must charge for each item separately, as the selections would not meet the USDA's requirements for a complete reimbursable meal.

For lunch, students may choose and must have a serving of fruit or vegetable on their tray:
1 serving        Milk (1/2 pint fluid milk)
1 serving        Fruit
1 serving        Vegetable
1 serving        Grain
1 serving        Meat / meat alternative

If students choose at least 3 components (milk, fruit, grain, meat/meat alternate), with one being a fruit and/or vegetable (1/2 cup minimum), their lunch will be at the reimbursable meal rate.  If they only choose 2 components, or do not take a fruit or vegetable, we must charge for each item separately, as the selections would not meet the USDA's requirements for a complete reimbursable meal.

Example:
Menu                                Student selects:
Hamburger                        Hamburger on Whole Wheat Bun, milk and they must take 
Whole Wheat Bun                1/2 cup of fruit/vegetable, This is a reimbursable lunch!
Romaine Lettuce
Tomato Slices
Sweet potato fries
Apple Slices
Milk