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Clarification of Traditional and Enhanced Food-Based Meal Pattern in the School Breakfast Program

EO Guidance Document #
FNS-GD-2001-0017
Resource type
Policy Memos
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DATE: October 29, 2001
SUBJECT: Clarification of Traditional and Enhanced Food-Based Meal Pattern in the School Breakfast Program
TO: Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions

This memorandum clarifies the term "equivalent combination" found in the traditional and enhanced food based meal pattern charts at §§ 220.8(g)(2) and 220.8(g)(3) of the School Breakfast Program regulations. The charts entitled “Traditional Food-Based Menu Planning Approaches - Meal Pattern for Breakfast” and “Enhanced Food-Based Menu Planning Approaches - Meal Pattern for Breakfast”, respectively, include a statement in the “Food Components and Food Items” column, above “Grains/Breads” which reads: “Select one serving from each of the following components, two from one component, or an equivalent combination.” This option is designed to provide menu planners with additional flexibility.

The term “equivalent combination” refers to combining the grains/breads, combining the meat/meat alternates, or combining the grains/breads and meat/meat alternates to meet the meal requirement. The minimum serving size allowed is 0.25 oz meat (or meat alternate) or ¼ serving grains/bread. For example, instead of serving one serving of grains/breads and one serving of meat/meat alternates, a school could offer 1½ serving of grains/breads and ½ serving of meat/meat alternates.

STANLEY C. GARNETT
Director
Child Nutrition Division

10/29/2001

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.