Meal Pattern Requirements

Food and Nutrition Information

Build a Healthy Lunch!

1 serving                              Milk (1/2 pint fluid milk)

1 serving                              Fruit (F)

1 serving                              Vegetable (V)

1 serving                              Grain (B/G)

1 serving                              Meat/Meat Alternate (M/MA)


Choose at least 3 of the 5 components or ‘colors’ as indicated on the tray above (milk, fruit, vegetable, grain, meat/meat alternate) with one being a fruit and/or vegetable (1/2 cup minimum). Students may choose every item on the menu if they want.


Example of a reimbursable meal:

Menu                                                        Any of these combinations could be a reimbursable lunch:

Hamburger                                                 Hamburger (M/MA), Bun (B/G), Apple Slices (F), and Milk

Whole Wheat Bun                                      Baked Beans (V), Romaine Lettuce (V), Milk

Baked Beans                                               
Romaine Lettuce                                  

Tomato Slices                                            This combination would NOT be a reimbursable lunch:

Apple Slices                                               Hamburger (M/MA), Bun (B/G), Milk




 Self-Serve Fruit and Vegetable Bar  

            Two fruit and two vegetable choices will be available daily. Students serve themselves.

All hot vegetables are served by the foodservice staff on the serving line.

Ranch packets will be available (on a cart at the end of the F/V bar) for many of the fresh vegetables.

Students serve themselves with tongs or scoops.

Elementary students may take as much as they want (within reason, of course!)

Junior High students may choose 3 sides

High School students may choose 4 sides