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Preschool Meal Pattern Resources







Flavored Milk is not allowed. A variety of milk is not required. Schools may serve one allowable milk to all preschoolers.


CNP Meal Pattern Comparison

Whole Grain Rich

At least one serving per day must be Whole Grain Rich

All grains must be whole grain or enriched. Creditable grains include whole grains, enriched grains, bran, and germ.


USDA Grain Requirements Q and A

Grain Based Desserts

Not allowed.

Examples of grain based desserts include brownies, cookies, sweet pie crusts, doughnuts, cereal bars, granola bars, breakfast bars, sweet rolls, pastries, toaster pastries, sweet scones (e.g., blueberry, raisin, and orange cranberry) cake, rice pudding, and sweet bread pudding. Grain-based desserts do not include muffins, quick breads (such as banana bread and zucchini bread), cornbread, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and savory scones (such as cheese and herb).

Sweet crackers such as Animal Crackers and Graham Crackers.

USDA Grain Based Desserts Memo

Breakfast Cereal

Cereals must be whole grain, enriched, or fortified. May not contain more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce


Team Nutrition: Breakfast Cereal Fact Sheet


Must not contain more than 23 grams of sugar per 6 ounces


Team Nutrition: Yogurt Fact Sheet 

Offer Vs. Serve

Not allowed

Unless students are co-mingled with K-5 students and using the K-5 meal pattern

USDA Flexibility for Co-Mingled Preschool Meals: Q and A

Breakfast-Meat/Meat Alternate

The meat/meat alternates component is not required at breakfast. May substitute meat/meat alternates for the entire grains component up to three times per week (regardless of the number of days in the week).



Vegetables and Fruit Components



100 % Fruit and Vegetable Juice

Breakfast-Vegetables and fruit are one component. Schools may serve vegetables, fruits, or both.

Lunch-Vegetables and fruits are two separate components.


Juice may count toward the entire vegetables component or fruits component at only one meal or snack per day.



USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)     mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)     email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Click here for Nondiscrimination Statement translations.

Los demás programas de asistencia nutricional del FNS, las agencias estatales y locales, y sus beneficiarios secundarios, deben publicar el siguiente Aviso de No Discriminación:

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en ingles), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de seas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en linea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

(1)     correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
         Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
         1400 Independence Avenue, SW
         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)     fax: (202) 690-7442; o

(3)     correo electró

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.