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Meal Requirements

Schools across the United States offer meals to students that meet the reimbursement guidelines from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). School meals are priced as a unit, and we receive federal and state reimbursement to offset our costs.

To get the most for your money, encourage your child(ren) to purchase a complete meal.

For breakfasts, students may choose:

  • 1 serving Milk (1/2 pint fluid milk)
  • 1 serving 4 oz. fruit juice OR fruit
  • 1 or 2 servings Grain/meat/meat alternative (which includes the daily entrée)

If students choose at least 3 components (milk, fruit, grain and/or meat/meat alternate), their breakfast will be at the reimbursable meal rate. If they only choose 2 components, we must charge for each item separately, as the selections would not meet the USDA’s requirements for a complete reimbursable meal.

For lunch, students may choose:

  • 1 serving Milk (1/2 pint fluid milk)
  • 1 serving Fruit 1 serving Vegetable
  • 1 serving Grain
  • 1 serving Meat/Meat Alternate

If students choose at least 3 components (milk, fruit, vegetable, grain, meat/meat alternate) with one being a fruit and/or vegetable (1/2 cup minimum), their lunch will be at the reimbursable meal rate. If they only choose 2 components, or do not take a fruit or vegetable, we must charge for each item separately, as the selections would not meet the USDA’s requirement for a complete reimbursable meal. 

Click HERE for more information regarding reimbursable meals.

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