THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234
Office of P-20 Education Policy
Menus must be in compliance with all meal pattern requirements regardless of the number of serving lines in the cafeteria. Minimum and maximum ranges for grains, meat/meat alternates and calories must be met by all food items on the menu for the entire cafeteria. Each physical serving line must also be in compliance with the minimum and maximum ranges. Schools that serve reimbursable meals on multiple serving lines must carefully plan the menu to ensure that over the course of the week a student cannot access more than the maximum or less than the minimum amount of grains and/or meat/meat alternates if they select a different serving line each day.
For example: On a grade 9-12 menu, if you offer a 3 oz eq grain item on Monday and Wednesday on serving line #1, a 3 oz eq grain item on Tuesday and Thursday on serving line # 2 and a 3 oz eq grain item on Friday on serving line # 3 the student could potentially have access to 15 oz eq of grain (more than the maximum grain requirement of 12 oz eq). Therefore, you should plan your menus to be consistent. If you plan to offer a larger serving of grain and/or meat/meat alternate during the week, ensure that it is offered on all serving lines on the same day. This will ensure minimum and maximum amounts are within the required range if a student chooses a different serving line each day.
For the purposes of 6 cents certification, SFAs must enter ALL reimbursable meals offered on the menu for one week. All reimbursable meals offered within a school cafeteria are considered a menu. Therefore, if your school has more than one serving line, all reimbursable meals offered on every serving line for the entire week must be entered into the “All Meals” tab on the 6 cents certification menu worksheet. Each meal will then be selected on the daily tab within the worksheet for the day it is offered. SFAs are required to attest that individually each serving line meets meal pattern requirements.
Questions on this memo should be directed to your Child Nutrition representative at 518-473-8781.