What a Meal Consist of

What a Meal Consist of

What Is A Reimbursable Meal?

  • A reimbursable meal is mandated by USDA and every school participating in the National School Lunch and/or Breakfast Program must offer certain components to students every day. As long as the school participates in Offer vs. Serve, students do not have to take every component offered. Below are the component requirements set by USDA based on meal and grade.
    • Lunch*
      • PreK - 8th Grade
        • Fruit - 1/2 cup
        • Vegetables - 3/4 cup
        • Grains - 1 oz
        • Meat/Meat Alternate - 1 oz
        • Milk - 1 cup
      • 9th - 12th Grade
        • Fruit - 1 cup
        • Vegetables - 1 cup
        • Grains - 2 oz
        • Meat/Meat Alternate - 2 oz
        • Milk - 1 cup
    • Breakfast**
      • Prek - 12th Grade
        • Fruit - 1 cup (including 1/2 cup juice)
        • Grains - 1 oz
        • Milk - 1 cup

*For lunch, each plate must have at least 3 components and 1 component must be a fruit or vegetable to be counted as reimbursable. If the plate does not contain these items, the student will be charged ala carte pricing.

**For breakfast, each plate must have at least 3 items and 1 item must be a fruit. 4 items must be offered to students each breakfast

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