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Short and Long Week Calculations

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Short and Long Week Calculations (rounded to nearest 0.5 oz eq and 0.25 cup)

(Applies to schools who regularly operate on a shorter or longer weekly cycle)

  • Since the dietary specifications are based on a average daily amounts, these are unaffected by varying week lengths (average over length of week, whether consisting of 3 to 7 days)
  • Due to size of weekly vegetable subgroup requirements, the 20% adjustment is not practical. Therefore, adjustments are primarily made to the “Additional Vegetable” category only- which in turn allows increased or decreased offering amounts of any of the subgroups to meet this requirement.

 

Three Day School Week Meal Component Adjustments
3-day School Week- Breakfast Grades K-5
Weekly (daily)
Grades 6-8
Weekly (daily)
Grades 9-12
Weekly (daily)
Fruits (cups) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1)
Grains (oz eq) 4-6 (1) 5-6 (1) 5.5-6 (1)
Fluid Milk (cups) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1)

 

3-day School Week- Lunch Grades K-5 Weekly (daily) Grades 6-8 Weekly (daily) Grades 9-12 Weekly (daily)
Fruits (cups) 1.5 (0.5) 1.5 (0.5) 3 (1)
Vegetables (cups) 2.25 (0.75) 2.25 (0.75) 3 (1)
Dark Green 0.5 0.5 0.5
Red/Orange 0.5 0.5 1
Beans/Peas (Legumes) 0.5 0.5 0.5
Starchy 0.5 0.5 0.5
Other 0.25 0.25 0.5
Additional Veg to Reach Total 0 0 0
Grains (oz eq) 5- 5.5 (1) 5-6 (1) 6-7 (2)
Meats/Meat Alts (oz eq) 5-6 (1) 5.5-6 (1) 6-7 (2)
Fluid Milk (cups) 3 (1) 3 (1) 3 (1)
 
Four Day School Week Meal Component Adjustments
4-day School Week- Breakfast Grades K-5 Weekly (daily) Grades 6-8 Weekly (daily) Grades 9-12 Weekly (daily)
Fruits (cups) 4 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1)
Grains (oz eq) 5.5-8 (1) 6.5-8 (1) 7-8 (1)
Fluid Milk (cups) 4 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1)

 

4-day School Week- Lunch Grades K-5 Weekly (daily) Grades 6-8 Weekly (daily) Grades 9-12 Weekly (daily)
Fruits (cups) 2 (0.5) 2 (0.5) 4 (1)
Vegetables (cups) 3 (0.75) 3 (0.75) 4 (1)
Dark Green 0.5 0.5 0.5
Red/Orange 0.75 0.75 1.25
Beans/Peas (Legumes) 0.5 0.5 0.5
Starchy 0.5 0.5 0.5
Other 0.5 0.5 0.75
Additional Veg to Reach Total 0.25 0.25 0.5
Grains (oz eq) 6.5-7 (1) 6.5-8 (1) 8-9.5 (2)
Meats/Meat Alts (oz eq) 6.5-8 (1) 7-8 (1) 8-9.5 (2)
Fluid Milk (cups) 4 (1) 4 (1) 4 (1)

 

Six Day School Week Meal Component Adjustments
6-day School Week- Breakfast Grades K-5 Weekly (daily) Grades 6-8 Weekly (daily) Grades 9-12 Weekly (daily)
Fruits (cups) 6 (1) 6 (1) 6 (1)
Grains (oz eq) 8.5-12 (1) 9.5-12 (1) 11-12 (1)
Fluid Milk (cups) 6 (1) 6 (1) 6 (1)

 

6-day School Week- Lunch Grades K-5 Weekly (daily) Grades 6-8 Weekly (daily) Grades 9-12 Weekly (daily)
Fruits (cups) 3 (0.5) 3 (0.5) 6 (1)
Vegetables (cups) 4.5 (0.75) 4.5 (0.75) 6 (1)
Dark Green 0.5 0.5 0.5
Red/Orange 0.75 0.75 1.25
Beans/Peas (Legumes) 0.5 0.5 0.5
Starchy 0.5 0.5 0.5
Other 0.5 0.5 0.75
Additional Veg to Reach Total 1.75 1.75 2.5
Grains (oz eq) 9.5-11 (1) 9.5-12 (1) 12-14.5 (2)
Meats/Meat Alts (oz eq) 9.5-12 (1) 11-12 (1) 12-14.5 (2)
Fluid Milk (cups) 6 (1) 6 (1) 6 (1)

 

Seven Day School Week Meal Component Adjustments
7-day School Week- Breakfast Grades K-5 Weekly (daily) Grades 6-8 Weekly (daily) Grades 9-12 Weekly (daily)
Fruits (cups) 7 (1) 7 (1) 7 (1)
Grains (oz eq) 10-14 (1) 11-14 (1) 12.5-14(1)
Fluid Milk (cups) 7 (1) 7 (1) 7 (1)

 

7-day School Week- Lunch Grades K-5 Weekly (daily) Grades 6-8 Weekly (daily) Grades 9-12 Weekly (daily)
Fruits (cups) 3.5 (0.5) 3.5 (0.5) 7 (1)
Vegetables (cups) 5.25 (0.75) 5.25 (0.75) 7 (1)
Dark Green 0.5 0.5 0.5
Red/Orange 0.75 0.75 1.25
Beans/Peas (Legumes) 0.5 0.5 0.5
Starchy 0.5 0.5 0.5
Other 0.5 0.5 0.75
Additional Veg to Reach Total 2.5 2.5 3.5
Grains (oz eq) 11-12.5 (1) 11-14 (1) 14-17 (2)
Meats/Meat Alts (oz eq) 11-14 (1) 12.5-14 (1) 14-17 (2)
Fluid Milk (cups) 7 (1) 7 (1) 7 (1)
12/18/2019