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Q and A on the New Meal Pattern, Second Revision

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-SNP-26-2012

Attention: Food Service Director

Date: May 2012

Subject: Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs"—Revised

Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Policy Memo SP10‑2012, revised April 27, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), has issued Policy Memo SP 10-2012—Revised, Questions and Answers on the Final Rule, "Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs." The FNS issued the memo to provide additional responses to questions regarding the New Meal Pattern (NMP) requirements established under Section 201 of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296. The memo, along with a table for calculating meal component requirements for short and long weeks, is available on the USDA FNS School Meals Policy Memos Web page at

The revised memo includes original, revised, and new questions and answers on a number of important issues. Updated questions and answers address topics including:

The FNS will continue to revise this memo as questions arise during implementation of the NMP requirements. To support School Nutrition Program implementation efforts, the Nutrition Services Division will continue to provide updates as they become available.

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

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