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How do School Meals Work?

Lunch

“Offer” increases your choice in student meals. Every lunch is planned to include all five food components: 
  1. Fruit 
  2. Vegetable 
  3. Protein
  4. Grains 
  5. Milk
You are encouraged to take all the foods offered; however, you may decline up to two (2) food components, the meal is the same price.  Otherwise, you will be charged ala carte pricing.
 
“Offer” allows you to build a healthy meal by selecting 3 to 5 different food components. One of those food components must be fruits, vegetables or a combination of both.

STEP 1: Choose 1/2 cup of fruits, vegetables or a combination of both.

STEP 2: Choose 2 or more of the following:
  • Full Serving of Fruit—1 cup
  • Full Serving of Vegetable—1 cup
  • Grains
  • Protein
  • Milk


Example Menu:

Hamburger on a Bun (Protein and Grains)
Broccoli (Vegetable)
Grapes (Fruit)
Milk (Milk)

You can take all five items (hamburger, bun, broccoli, grapes and milk)
OR
STEP 1: Choose 1/2 cup of broccoli or 1/2 cup grapes or 1/4 cup of each broccoli and grapes.

STEP 2: Choose 2, 3 or 4 full servings of different food groups:
  • Hamburger on Bun (protein, grains) or
  • Full serving of Grapes and Milk (fruit and milk) or
  • Hamburger on Bun and Milk (protein, grains, milk) or
  • Hamburger on Bun, Broccoli and Milk (protein, grains, vegetable, milk)

The choice is up to you; just be sure to choose the 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable and 2, 3, or 4 full servings from the 5 food groups.

School meals meet federal nutrition standards and give you the fuel you need to stay healthy and active.

Breakfast

Every breakfast is planned to include three food components:
  1. Fruit/Vegetable
  2. Grains (with optional Protein)
  3. Milk.
At least four food items will be offered daily.

You are encouraged to take all the foods offered. You must take at least 3 items; one of those must be a fruit, juice, or vegetable.
 
Whether you take 3 items or more, the meal is the same price.  Otherwise you will be charged Ala Carte prices.

“Offer” allows you to choose 3 or more food items you would like to take to build a healthy reimbursable meal.  Choose 3 or more of the following components:
 
  • Full Serving of Fruit/Juice (1/2 cup)
  • Grains or optional protein (1 oz)
  • Milk (1 cup)


Example Menu:

Cereal (grains) & Graham Cracker (grains) — 2 items)
Orange Juice (fruit)
Milk (milk)

You can take all food items OR choose a combination of any 3 items.

Example Combinations:
Cereal & Cracker, Juice
Cereal & Cracker, Juice & Milk
Cereal, Juice & Milk
The choice is up to you; just be sure to choose the required items.