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Guidance and Sample Menus for SFSP Meal Patterns


The California Department of Education (CDE) has developed guidance and three sets of sample menus to provide Child Nutrition Program (CNP) Operators with ideas for how to serve meals that meet the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) meal pattern requirements in the minimum amounts required for each component:

  1. Grab-and-go menus: These menus were developed for CNP participants who can refrigerate and heat food items or plan to eat the foods immediately. They include fresh foods, whole fruit, and commercially packaged foods.

  2. Shelf-stable menus: These menus were developed for CNP participants who can heat and rehydrate food. All items must be commercially packaged to ensure that they are shelf-stable. Items may require rehydration or heating.

  3. Ready-to-eat shelf-stable menus: These menus were developed for CNP participants who do not have the ability to heat or hydrate food. All items must be commercially packaged to ensure that they are shelf-stable. All items are ready to eat without the need to rehydrate or heat.

Guidance and Sample Menus for SFSP Meal Patterns web page

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact the CDE Community Nutrition Program Units by email at SFSP@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Thursday, March 26, 2020
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