Implementation of most meal pattern requirements for the NSLP began School Year (SY) 2012–13. For the SBP, the meal requirements began gradually in SY 2013–14. Visit Implementation Timeline for Final Rule (PDF) for more specific details.
For more information on the Final Rule issued January 26, 2012, visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Nutrition Standards for School Meals Web page.
Comparison of Approaches
Studies and Reports
Forms and Guidance
Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations (DOC)
CNP 925 - This form is used by parents/guardians to have a medical authority prescribe special meals, or accommodations during meals, which are necessary because of a disability or medical reason.
Available Translations of the Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations
Standardized Recipe Form (DOC)
Vendor Product List Form (DOC)
Trainings and Webinars
New Meal Pattern Resources and Trainings
Includes local training schedules and registration instructions, Webinar schedules and links, online training modules, and question and answers guidance.
Offer Versus Serve: Guidance for the NSLP and the SBP
An updated resource provided by the USDA for SY 2013–14.
Letter to Parents Regarding the New Meal Pattern (NMP) (DOC)
This letter may be utilized by school food authorities to inform and gain the support of parents/guardians during the implementation of the NMP.
A current list of nutrient analysis software approved for use in the NSLP and the SBP.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact the NSD by e-mail at HHFKA@cde.ca.gov or by phone at 916-322-2003.
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