|Child Care Meal Pattern|
|Lunch or Supper for
Select All Four Components for a Reimbursable Meal
|Food Components||Ages 1-2||Ages 3-5||Ages 6-121|
|1/2 cup||3/4 cup||1 cup|
juice,2 fruit and/or vegetable
|1/4 cup||1/2 cup||3/4 cup|
cornbread or biscuit or roll or muffin or
cold dry cereal or
hot cooked cereal or
pasta or noodles or grains
meat or poultry or fish4 or
alternate protein product or
cooked dry beans or peas or
peanut or other nut or seed butters or
nuts and/or seeds5 or
|1 Children age 12 and older may be served larger portions based on
their greater food needs.
They may not be served less than the minimum quantities listed in this column.
2 Fruit or vegetable juice must be full-strength.
3 Breads and grains must be made from whole-grain or enriched meal or flour. Cereal must be
whole-grain or enriched or fortified.
4 A serving consists of the edible portion of cooked lean meat or poultry or fish.
5 Nuts and seeds may meet only one-half of the total meat/meat alternate serving and must be
combined with another meat/meat alternate to fulfill the lunch or supper requirement.
6 Yogurt may be plain or flavored, unsweetened or sweetened.