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Serving School Meals to Preschoolers

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Technical Assistance & Guidance
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Please Note

As of April 2024, this resource is under revision to reflect the Child Nutrition Programs: Meal Patterns Consistent With the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans final rule.  


Serving School Meals to Preschoolers 

This four-page worksheet assists National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) operators in planning menus that meet the preschool meal pattern. This publication was revised to include the updated grains requirement for K–12, that at least 80% of grains offered each week must be whole-grain rich.

Crediting of Starchy Vegetables in the School Breakfast Program: Per policy memo SP 06-2023, school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the SBP may credit any vegetable offered, including potatoes and other starchy vegetables, in place of fruit without including vegetables from other subgroups in the weekly menus. This legislative flexibility is effective for school years 2022-23 and 2023-24, providing additional flexibility for SFAs in planning breakfast menus. SFAs are not required to make any menu changes.


All are welcome to download these materials and make copies. To download the file, please right-click on the link and select "save link as."

Ordering: Print copies are available in English.* Child nutrition program operators may request printed copies of this resource, while supplies last.

*The original version of this publication is available in print, which includes the old grains requirement for K–12. 

Page updated: May 09, 2024