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School Menu Planning Options

Information and resources on the new Food-Based Menu Planning (FBMP) approach for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and current menu planning for the School Breakfast program (SBP).

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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 External link opens in new window or tab. (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 External link opens in new window or tab. Web page.

Timeline

Implementation Timeline for Final Rule External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Sodium Reduction: Timeline and Amount External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Meal Patterns

New FBMP for Breakfast

New FBMP for Lunch

New FBMP for Breakfast and Lunch: Short and Long Weeks

Nutrition Requirements for Fluid Milk for Breakfast and Lunch

Comparison of Approaches

Comparison of Previous and Current Regulatory Requirements under Final Rule External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Studies and Reports

School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children- Full Report External link opens in new window or tab.

Nutrition Standards in the NSLP and SBP- Proposed Rule External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

Nutrition Standards in the NSLP and the SBP- Final Rule External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

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

Menu Production Record (MPR) Forms

Information Required on MPR

Standardized Recipe Form (DOC)

Vendor Product List Form (DOC)

USDA Policy Memo SP 31-2013: Salad Bars in the NSLP External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)

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.

Additional Resources

Offer Versus Serve: Guidance for the NSLP and the SBP External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)
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.

USDA Approved Software External link opens in new window or tab.
A current list of nutrient analysis software approved for use in the NSLP and the SBP.

Contact Us

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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Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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