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Q and A on the New Meal Pattern

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: National School Lunch Program Sponsors and School Breakfast Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-SNP-13-2012

Attention: Food Service Director

Date: February 2012

Subject: Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs”

Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Policy Memo SP 10-2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), has issued Policy Memo SP 10-2012, Questions & Answers on the Final Rule, “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.” The FNS has issued this memo in response to questions regarding the new meal pattern requirements established under Section 201 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296. The memo is available on the FNS Nutrition Standards Web site at

The Memo addresses questions in a number of areas, including:

The NSD recognizes the importance of providing School Nutrition Program sponsors support during the transition to meet the new requirements and will be providing information about upcoming trainings on the meal pattern by March 1, 2012.

For more information on the new meal requirements for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, please contact Grace Huppert, Nutrition Education Consultant, by phone at 916-322-1563, or by e-mail at

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