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Q and A on the Breakfast Meal Pattern

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information
To: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Sponsors Number USDA-SNP-14-2013
Attention: Food Service Director Date: April 2013
Subject: Questions and Answers on the School Breakfast Program Meal Pattern in School Year 2013–14
Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy Memorandum SP 28‑2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), has issued Policy Memorandum SP 28-2013: Questions and Answers on the School Breakfast Program (SBP) Meal Pattern in School Year (SY) 2013–14. The FNS issued the memo to provide questions and answers regarding the New Meal Pattern (NMP) requirements for breakfast established under Section 201 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296. The questions and answers can be found in Policy Memo SP 28-2013 on the USDA School Meals Policy Memos Web page at

The memo includes questions and answers on a number of important topics. The complete questions and answers are located in Policy Memo SP 28-2013. For ease of reference, each category of questions is listed below.

General Questions
Fruits and Vegetables
Offer versus Serve
Contact Information

For more information on the NMP requirements for the SBP, please contact Desiree Rojo, Child Nutrition Assistant, by phone at 916-323-0213 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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