Child Meal Pattern Charts

Lunch and Supper

(select all five components for a reimbursable meal)

Food Components and Food Items1

Ages 1 – 2

Ages 3 – 5

Ages 6 – 12

Ages 13 – 182

at-risk afterschool programs
and emergency shelters

Fluid Milk3

½ cup or

4 fluid ounces

¾ cup or

6 fluid ounces

1 cup or

8 fluid ounces

1 cup or

8 fluid ounces

Meat/meat alternates

 

Lean meat, poultry, or fish

1 ounce

1 ½ ounce

2 ounces

2 ounces

Tofu, soy product, or
alternate protein products4

1 ounce

1 ½ ounce

2 ounces

2 ounces

Cheese

1 ounce

1 ½ ounce

2 ounces

2 ounces

Large egg

½ large egg

¾ large egg

1 large egg

1 large egg

Cooked dry beans or peas

¼ cup

⅜ cup

½ cup

½ cup

Peanut butter or soy nut butter, or other nut or seed butters

2 tbsp

3 tbsp

4 tbsp

4 tbsp

Yogurt, plain or unflavored unsweetened or sweetened5,6

4 ounces
or ½ cup

6 ounces
or ¾ cup

8 ounces
or 1 cup

8 ounces or 1 cup

The following may be used to meet no more than 50% of the requirement:

Peanuts, soy nuts, tree nuts,
or seeds, as listed in program guidance, or an equivalent
quantity of any combination
of the above meat/meat alternates (1 ounce of nut-seeds = 1 ounce of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish)

½ ounce = 50%

¾ ounce = 50%

1 ounce = 50%

1 ounce = 50%

Vegetables6

⅛ cup

¼ cup

½ cup

½ cup

Fruits6,7

⅛ cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

Grains (oz eq)8,9

 

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread

½ slice

½ slice

1 slice

1 slice

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread product, such as biscuit, roll, or muffin

½ oz eq

½ oz eq

1 oz eq

1 oz eq

Whole grain-rich, enriched or fortified cooked breakfast cereal10, cereal grain, and/or pasta

¼ cup

¼ cup

½ cup

½ cup

1 Must serve all five components for a reimbursable meal. Offer versus serve is an option for at-risk afterschool participants.

2 Larger portion sizes than specified may need to be served to children 13 through 18 years old to meet their nutritional needs.

3 Must be unflavored whole milk for children age one. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent) or unflavored fat-free (skim) milk for children two through five years old. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent), unflavored fat-free (skim), or flavored fat-free (skim) milk for children six years old and older.

4 Alternate protein products must meet the requirements in Appendix A to Part 226.

5 Yogurt must contain no more than 23 grams of total sugars per 6 ounces.

6 Pasteurized full-strength juice may only be used to meet the vegetable or fruit requirement at one meal, including snack, per day.

7 A vegetable may be used to meet the entire fruit requirement. When two vegetables are served at lunch or supper, two different kinds of vegetables must be served.

8 At least one serving per day, across all eating occasions, must be whole grain-rich. Grain-based desserts do not count towards the grains requirement.

9 Beginning October 1, 2019, ounce equivalents are used to determine the quantity of the creditable grain.

10 Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sucrose and other sugars per 100 grams of dry cereal).

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Food Components
and Food Items1

Ages
1 – 2

Ages
3 – 5

Ages
6 – 12

Ages
13 – 182

at-risk afterschool programs
and emergency shelters

Fluid Milk3

½ cup or

4 fl oz

¾ cup or

6 fl oz

1 cup or

8 fl oz

1 cup or

8 fl oz

Meat/meat alternates

 

Lean meat, poultry, or fish

1 ounce

1 ½ ounce

2 ounces

2 ounces

Tofu, soy product, or
alternate protein products4

1 ounce

1 ½ ounce

2 ounces

2 ounces

Cheese

1 ounce

1 ½ ounce

2 ounces

2 ounces

Large egg

½ large egg

¾ large egg

1 large egg

1 large egg

Cooked dry beans or peas

¼ cup

⅜ cup

½ cup

½ cup

Peanut butter or soy nut butter, or other nut or seed butters

2 tbsp

3 tbsp

4 tbsp

4 tbsp

Yogurt, plain or unflavored unsweetened or sweetened5,6

4 ounces
or ½ cup

6 ounces
or ¾ cup

8 ounces
or 1 cup

8 ounces or 1 cup

The following may be used to meet no more than 50% of the requirement:

Peanuts, soy nuts, tree nuts,
or seeds, as listed in program guidance, or an equivalent
quantity of any combination
of the above meat/meat alternates (1 ounce of nut-seeds = 1 ounce of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish)

½ ounce = 50%

¾ ounce = 50%

1 ounce = 50%

1 ounce = 50%

Vegetables6

⅛ cup

¼ cup

½ cup

½ cup

Fruits6,7

⅛ cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

Grains (oz eq)8,9

 

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread

½ slice

½ slice

1 slice

1 slice

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread product, such as biscuit, roll, or muffin

½ oz eq

½ oz eq

1 oz eq

1 oz eq

Whole grain-rich, enriched or fortified cooked breakfast cereal10, cereal grain, and/or pasta

¼ cup

¼ cup

½ cup

½ cup

1 Must serve all five components for a reimbursable meal. Offer versus serve is an option for at-risk afterschool participants.

2 Larger portion sizes than specified may need to be served to children 13 through 18 years old to meet their nutritional needs.

3 Must be unflavored whole milk for children age one. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent) or unflavored fat-free (skim) milk for children two through five years old. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent), unflavored fat-free (skim), or flavored fat-free (skim) milk for children six years old and older.

4 Alternate protein products must meet the requirements in Appendix A to Part 226.

5 Yogurt must contain no more than 23 grams of total sugars per 6 ounces.

6 Pasteurized full-strength juice may only be used to meet the vegetable or fruit requirement at one meal, including snack, per day.

7 A vegetable may be used to meet the entire fruit requirement. When two vegetables are served at lunch or supper, two different kinds of vegetables must be served.

8 At least one serving per day, across all eating occasions, must be whole grain-rich. Grain-based desserts do not count towards the grains requirement.

9 Beginning October 1, 2019, ounce equivalents are used to determine the quantity of the creditable grain.

10 Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sucrose and other sugars per 100 grams of dry cereal).

Food Components and Food Items1

Ages
1 – 2

Ages
3 – 5

Ages
6 – 12

Ages
13 – 182

at-risk afterschool programs
and emergency shelters

Fluid Milk3

½ cup or

4 fl oz

¾ cup or

6 fl oz

1 cup or

8 fl oz

1 cup or

8 fl oz

Meat/meat alternates

 

Lean meat, poultry, or fish

1 ounce

1 ½ ounce

2 ounces

2 ounces

Tofu, soy product, or
alternate protein products4

1 ounce

1 ½ ounce

2 ounces

2 ounces

Cheese

1 ounce

1 ½ ounce

2 ounces

2 ounces

Large egg

½ large egg

¾ large egg

1 large egg

1 large egg

Cooked dry beans or peas

¼ cup

⅜ cup

½ cup

½ cup

Peanut butter or soy nut butter, or other nut or seed butters

2 tbsp

3 tbsp

4 tbsp

4 tbsp

Yogurt, plain or unflavored unsweetened or sweetened5,6

4 ounces
or ½ cup

6 ounces
or ¾ cup

8 ounces
or 1 cup

8 ounces or 1 cup

The following may be used to meet no more than 50% of the requirement:

Peanuts, soy nuts, tree nuts,
or seeds, as listed in program guidance, or an equivalent
quantity of any combination
of the above meat/meat alternates (1 ounce of nut-seeds = 1 ounce of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish)

½ ounce = 50%

¾ ounce = 50%

1 ounce = 50%

1 ounce = 50%

Vegetables6

⅛ cup

¼ cup

½ cup

½ cup

Fruits6,7

⅛ cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

Grains (oz eq)8,9

 

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread

½ slice

½ slice

1 slice

1 slice

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread product, such as biscuit, roll, or muffin

½ oz eq

½ oz eq

1 oz eq

1 oz eq

Whole grain-rich, enriched or fortified cooked breakfast cereal10, cereal grain, and/or pasta

¼ cup

¼ cup

½ cup

½ cup

1 Must serve all five components for a reimbursable meal. Offer versus serve is an option for at-risk afterschool participants.

2 Larger portion sizes than specified may need to be served to children 13 through 18 years old to meet their nutritional needs.

3 Must be unflavored whole milk for children age one. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent) or unflavored fat-free (skim) milk for children two through five years old. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent), unflavored fat-free (skim), or flavored fat-free (skim) milk for children six years old and older.

4 Alternate protein products must meet the requirements in Appendix A to Part 226.

5 Yogurt must contain no more than 23 grams of total sugars per 6 ounces.

6 Pasteurized full-strength juice may only be used to meet the vegetable or fruit requirement at one meal, including snack, per day.

7 A vegetable may be used to meet the entire fruit requirement. When two vegetables are served at lunch or supper, two different kinds of vegetables must be served.

8 At least one serving per day, across all eating occasions, must be whole grain-rich. Grain-based desserts do not count towards the grains requirement.

9 Beginning October 1, 2019, ounce equivalents are used to determine the quantity of the creditable grain.

10 Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sucrose and other sugars per 100 grams of dry cereal).