Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Additional Menu Planning Approaches

This final rule also adds a method that allows schools to use “any reasonable approach” to plan menus.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: NSLP and SBP Additional Menu Planning Alternatives

The National School Lunch Act requires that schools that are participating in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs claim reimbursements only for lunches or breakfasts which meet the nutrition standards of the National School Lunch Act, including compliance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2007-0047
Alternate Menu Planning Approaches – Calorie and Nutrient Standards

This memorandum clarifies  FNS policy regarding the calorie and nutrient requirements for meals planned using alternate menu planning approaches.

SP 03-2008
Resource | Research | Demonstrations
Evaluation of the Nutrient Standard Menu Planning Demonstration

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP) are administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The NSLP operates in over 94,000 schools and institutions. More than 26 million children receive meals through the program on any given day; about half of these meals are provided free of charge. The SBP operates in approximately two-thirds of the schools and institutions that offer the NSLP, most commonly in schools that serve large numbers of economically disadvantaged children. On an average day, roughly seven million children receive breakfast through the SBP. The vast majority of these meals are provided free of charge. School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the NSLP and SBP receive two types of federal assistance: donated surplus commodities and cash reimbursements.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
Evaluation of the Nutrient Standard Menu Planning Demonstration: Findings from the Formative Evaluation

Data was collected from directors of 34 School Food Authorities (SFAs) participating in the Nutrient Standard Menu Planning (NSMP) demonstration during fall 1995 and winter 1996. This information was used to assess the implementation status of these sites and examine perceived strengths and weaknesses of the system.

Resource | Flyers
Before/After Elementary School Lunch Menu

Before/After Elementary School Lunch Menu

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Sample Menu

Certification Tool Sample Menu

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2007-0014
Fluid Milk and Other Food Components/Menu Items in Reimbursable Lunches

It has come to our attention that there may be some confusion concerning fluid milk, and how it is offered in reimbursable lunches. Under all menu planning approaches, fluid milk is a separate food component/menu item.

SP 06-2007