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Menu Planning


Production Record Regulation & Templates

Standardized Recipe Form


Meal Pattern Guidance

Vegetable Subgroups

Meal Pattern Chart for NSLP & SBP

Implementation Timeline for Final Rule

Offer Versus Serve Guidance Manual

Fluid Milk

Meal Component Adjustments

For SFAs who regularly operate a 3, 4, 6, or 7 week schedule


School Breakfast Program Specific Guidance

Offering Meats and Meat Alternates at School Breakfast Grades K-12

Substitution of Vegetables for Fruit


Preschool Meal Pattern


Variations to the Meal Pattern

Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs

Previously known as "Accommodating Children with Special Dietary Needs in the School Nutrition Programs"

Variations in Meal Requirements for Religious Reasons

Includes Jewish Dietary Law Exceptions


Nutrition Standards

Nutrition Standards in NSLP & SBP Final Rule

Nutrition Standards in NSLP & SBP Final Rule Q&A

USDA Nutrition Standards for School Meals

Child Nutrition Database Release 17

Nutrient Analysis Software Approved by USDA for Nutrient Analysis

Letter from Deputy Under Secretary Katie Wilson and Sodium Infographic


Flexibilities in the Meal Pattern

Allowable Flexibilities for School Meal Programs Experiencing Milk Supply Shortages

Notice of Vacatur: Rescission of Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Flexibilities(link is external)

Extending Flexibility for RCCIs in the National School Lunch Program


USDA Child Nutrition: Program Integrity Final Rule


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National School Lunch Program

School Breakfast Program

Food Crediting

Food Handling/Food Donation/Gleaning

Food Safety and Sanitation

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