What Constitutes a Meal?

Reimbursable Meals

What is a Reimbursable Meal in K-12 Nutrition?

Reimbursable meals for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs have specific requirements based on the type of meal planning approach used. The three main meal planning approaches are Traditional Food-Based, Enhanced Food-Based, and Nutrient Standard Menu Planning.

Food-Based Menu Planning approaches are made up of meal patterns. Based on the type meal being served (lunch, breakfast, or after school snack) a school meal must contain a specified quantity by age/grade group for each of the following food components:

Meat or Meat Alternate

The crediting contribution toward the food components is provided in each recipe.

Please open the files below for graphic representations of reimbursable meal samples.


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