Menu Planning System

 

School Meals Initiative for Healthy Children

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) mandates public school food service’s national health responsibility to provide nutritionally balanced and economically priced meals consistent with the most current Dietary Guidelines of Americans. Recently, new federal regulations have been established for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program as mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).

National School Lunch Program

Component Based Menu Planning System
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) mandates public school food service’s national health responsibility to provide nutritionally balanced and economically priced meals consistent with the most current Dietary Guidelines of Americans. Recently, new federal regulations have been established for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program as mandated by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA).

Grade Specific Standards are Established for:
Calories
Sodium
Saturated fat
Trans fat

Established Grade Groups:
The meal pattern is divided into three age/grade groups:

  • Grades K-5 (ages 5-10)
  • Grades 6-8 (ages 11-13)
  • Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)

Component Standards

Component Standard Chart
Weekly Range (Daily Minimum)

Component Standards Grade K-5 Grade 6-8 Grade 9-12
Fruit (cups) 2.5 (.5) 2.5 (.5) 5 (1)
Vegetables (cups) 3.75 (.75) 3.75 (.75) 5 (1)
Grains (oz. eq.) 8-9 (1) 8-10 (1) 10-12 (2)
Meat / meat
alternative
(oz. eg.)
8-10 (1) 9-10 (1) 10-12 (2)
Milk (cups) 5 (1) 5 (1) 5 (1)


Nutrient Standards

Nutrient Standard Chart
Nutrient Standards Grade K-5 Grade 6-8 Grade 9-12
Min-Max Calories (per week) 550-650 600-700 750-850
Saturated Fat (% of total calories) <10 <10 <10
Sodium (mg) <640 <710 <740
Trans Fat Nutrition label specification must indicate zero grams of trans fat per serving


School Breakfast Program

Traditional Food-Based Menu Planning System
MISD currently uses the Traditional Food-Based Menu Planning System for breakfast. Effective July 1, 2013, breakfast menus will be required to follow the Component Based Menu Planning System.

Age/Grade Specific Standards Established for:
Calories
Total Fat
Total saturated fat
Protein
Calcium
Iron
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

Established Age/Grade Groups:
Age 2
Age 3-5
Grades K-12

Nutrient Standard Chart

Nutrient Standards Age 2 Age 3-5 Grades K-12
Calories 325 388 554
Total Fat (% of calories) 3 3 3, 4
Total Saturated Fat (% of calories) 3 3 3, 5
Protein (grams) 4 5 10
Calcium (milligrams) 200 200 257
Iron (milligrams) 2.5 2.5 3.0
Vitamin A (Retinol Equivalents) 100 113 197
Vitamin C (milligrams) 10 11 13