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Status of SHAPE NSMP and Assisted NSMP

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Action Required, Beneficial Information

To: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-SNP-21-2012

Attention: Food Service Director

Date: April 2012

Subject: Status of Shaping Health As Partners in Education (SHAPE) Nutrient Standard Menu Planning (NSMP) and Assisted NSMP

Reference: Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 210 and 220

On January 26, 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), issued the Final Rule, “Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs”. To view the Final Rule, please visit the U.S. Government Printing Office Web page at The Final Rule requires that School Nutrition Programs (SNPs) adopt a single food-based menu planning (FBMP) approach.

Historically, California’s SNPs have used a variety of other menu planning approaches, including Shaping Health As Partners in Education (SHAPE) Nutrient Standard Menu Planning (NSMP) and SHAPE Assisted NSMP. Recently, the California Department of Education (CDE), Nutrition Services Division (NSD) received confirmation from the USDA that the New Meal Pattern regulations do not support permitting sponsors in California to continue using SHAPE NSMP or SHAPE Assisted NSMP. Therefore, the USDA was unable to approve CDE’s request to continue these menu-planning approaches.

All SNP sponsors must implement the FBMP approach for lunch starting July 1, 2012. SNP sponsors may continue to use their current menu planning approach for breakfast during school year (SY) 2012–13 but must transition to FBMP for breakfast in SY 2013–14.

As we move forward, the CDE will continue to encourage the pillars of the SHAPE philosophy to build healthy school environments through policy and practice, partnerships, healthy meals, and nutrition education. The USDA applauds California, supports the progress fostered by SHAPE, recognizes the accomplishments districts have achieved while participating in SHAPE, and encourages the CDE to continue this collaboration.

To support SNP efforts in the transition to the FBMP approach, the NSD is providing ongoing communication and resources through a number of channels. Future Management Bulletins will continue to provide important policy information, the NSD Menu Planning Web page will include useful resources, and regular New MeAl Pattern Priorities (NewMAPP) e-mails through NSD’s ListServ feature will provide detailed information on trainings, Webinars, conferences, and resources.

For more information, please contact Shannan Young, Nutrition Education Consultant (NEC), by e-mail at or by phone at 916-445-9137 or Grace Huppert, NEC, by e-mail at or by phone at 916-322-1563.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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