Meal Pattern Requirements (NSLP and SBP)

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act allows USDA, for the first time in over 30 years, opportunity to make real reforms to the school lunch and breakfast programs by improving the critical nutrition and hunger safety net for millions of children. The meal pattern will be phased in over multiple program years.


Meal Pattern Charts are available below to use for SY 15-16 and SY 16-17. The next update to the meal pattern is SY 2017-18. Please see the Implementation Timeline for Lunch and Breakfast for specifics.  

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