Child Meal Pattern Charts

Snack

(select two of the five components for a reimbursable meal)

Food Components and Food Items1

Ages 1 – 2

Ages 3 – 5

Ages 6 – 12

Ages 13 – 182

at-risk afterschool programs
and emergency shelters

Fluid Milk3

½ cup or

4 fl oz

¾ cup or

6 fl oz

1 cup or

8 fl oz

1 cup or

8 fl oz

Meat/meat alternates

 

Lean meat, poultry, or fish

½ ounce

½ ounce

1 ounce

1 ounce

Tofu, soy product, or
alternate protein products4

½ ounce

½ ounce

1 ounce

1 ounce

Cheese

½ ounce

½ ounce

1 ounce

1 ounce

Large egg

½ large egg

½ large egg

½ large egg

½ large egg

Cooked dry beans or peas

cup

cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

Peanut butter or soy nut butter, or other nut or seed butters

1 tbsp

1 tbsp

2 tbsp

2 tbsp

Yogurt, plain or unflavored unsweetened or sweetened5

2 ounces or
¼ cup

2 ounces or
¼ cup

4 ounces or
½ cup

4 ounces or
½ cup

Vegetables6

½ cup

½ cup

1 cup

1 cup

Fruits6

½ cup

½ cup

¾ up

¾ cup

Grains (oz eq)7,8

 

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread

½ slice

½ slice

1 slice

1 slice

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread product, such as biscuit, roll, or muffin

½ oz eq

½ oz eq

1 oz eq

1 oz eq

Whole grain-rich, enriched or fortified cooked breakfast cereal9, cereal grain, and/or pasta

¼ cup

¼ cup

½ cup

½ cup

Flakes or rounds

½ cup

½ cup

1 cup

1 cup

Puffed cereal

¾ cup

¾ cup

1 ¼ cup

1 ¼ cup

Granola

cup

cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

1 Select two of the five components for a reimbursable snack. Only one of the two components may be a beverage.

2 Larger portion sizes than specified may need to be served to children 13 through 18 years old to meet their nutritional needs.

3 Must be unflavored whole milk for children age one. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent) or unflavored fat-free (skim) milk for children two through five years old. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent), unflavored fat-free (skim), or flavored fat-free (skim) milk for children six years old and older.

4 Alternate protein products must meet the requirements in Appendix A to Part 226.

5 Yogurt must contain no more than 23 grams of total sugars per 6 ounces.

6 Pasteurized full-strength juice may only be used to meet the vegetable or fruit requirement at one meal, including snack, per day.

7 At least one serving per day, across all eating occasions, must be whole grain-rich. Grain-based desserts do not count towards meeting the grains requirement.

8 Beginning October 1, 2019, ounce equivalents are used to determine the quantity of creditable grains.

9 Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sucrose and other sugars per 100 grams of dry cereal).

10 Beginning October 1, 2019, the minimum serving sizes specified in this section for ready-to-eat breakfast cereals must be served. Until October 1, 2019, the minimum serving size for any type of ready-to-eat breakfast cereals is ¼ cup for children ages 1-2; 1/3 cup for children ages 3-5; and ¾ cup for children ages 6-12.

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Food Components
and Food Items1

Ages
1 – 2

Ages
3 – 5

Ages
6 – 12

Ages
13 – 182

at-risk afterschool programs
and emergency shelters

Fluid Milk3

½ cup or

4 fl oz

¾ cup or

6 fl oz

1 cup or

8 fl oz

1 cup or

8 fl oz

Meat/meat alternates

 

Lean meat, poultry, or fish

½ ounce

½ ounce

1 ounce

1 ounce

Tofu, soy product, or
alternate protein products4

½ ounce

½ ounce

1 ounce

1 ounce

Cheese

½ ounce

½ ounce

1 ounce

1 ounce

Large egg

½ large egg

½ large egg

½ large egg

½ large egg

Cooked dry beans or peas

cup

cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

Peanut butter or soy nut butter, or other nut or seed butters

1 tbsp

1 tbsp

2 tbsp

2 tbsp

Yogurt, plain or unflavored unsweetened or sweetened5

2 ounces or ¼ cup

2 ounces or ¼ cup

4 ounces or ½ cup

4 ounces
or ½ cup

Vegetables6

½ cup

½ cup

1 cup

1 cup

Fruits6

½ cup

½ cup

¾ up

¾ cup

Grains (oz eq)7,8

 

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread

½ slice

½ slice

1 slice

1 slice

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread product, such as biscuit, roll, or muffin

½ oz eq

½ oz eq

1 oz eq

1 oz eq

Whole grain-rich, enriched or fortified cooked breakfast cereal9, cereal grain, and/or pasta

¼ cup

¼ cup

½ cup

½ cup

Flakes or rounds

½ cup

½ cup

1 cup

1 cup

Puffed cereal

¾ cup

¾ cup

1 ¼ cup

1 ¼ cup

Granola

cup

cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

1 Select two of the five components for a reimbursable snack. Only one of the two components may be a beverage.

2 Larger portion sizes than specified may need to be served to children 13 through 18 years old to meet their nutritional needs.

3 Must be unflavored whole milk for children age one. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent) or unflavored fat-free (skim) milk for children two through five years old. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent), unflavored fat-free (skim), or flavored fat-free (skim) milk for children six years old and older.

4 Alternate protein products must meet the requirements in Appendix A to Part 226.

5 Yogurt must contain no more than 23 grams of total sugars per 6 ounces.

6 Pasteurized full-strength juice may only be used to meet the vegetable or fruit requirement at one meal, including snack, per day.

7 At least one serving per day, across all eating occasions, must be whole grain-rich. Grain-based desserts do not count towards meeting the grains requirement.

8 Beginning October 1, 2019, ounce equivalents are used to determine the quantity of creditable grains.

9 Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sucrose and other sugars per 100 grams of dry cereal).

10 Beginning October 1, 2019, the minimum serving sizes specified in this section for ready-to-eat breakfast cereals must be served. Until October 1, 2019, the minimum serving size for any type of ready-to-eat breakfast cereals is ¼ cup for children ages 1-2; 1/3 cup for children ages 3-5; and ¾ cup for children ages 6-12.

Food Components
and Food Items1

Ages
1 – 2

Ages
3 – 5

Ages
6 – 12

Ages
13 – 182

at-risk afterschool programs
and emergency shelters

Fluid Milk3

½ cup or

4 fl oz

¾ cup or

6 fl oz

1 cup or

8 fl oz

1 cup or

8 fl oz

Meat/meat alternates

 

Lean meat, poultry, or fish

½ ounce

½ ounce

1 ounce

1 ounce

Tofu, soy product, or
alternate protein products4

½ ounce

½ ounce

1 ounce

1 ounce

Cheese

½ ounce

½ ounce

1 ounce

1 ounce

Large egg

½ large egg

½ large egg

½ large egg

½ large egg

Cooked dry beans or peas

cup

cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

Peanut butter or soy nut butter, or other nut or seed butters

1 tbsp

1 tbsp

2 tbsp

2 tbsp

Yogurt, plain or unflavored unsweetened or sweetened5

2 ounces or ¼ cup

2 ounces or ¼ cup

4 ounces or ½ cup

4 ounces or ½ cup

Vegetables6

½ cup

½ cup

1 cup

1 cup

Fruits6

½ cup

½ cup

¾ up

¾ cup

Grains (oz eq)7,8

 

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread

½ slice

½ slice

1 slice

1 slice

Whole grain-rich or enriched bread product, such as biscuit, roll, or muffin

½ oz eq

½ oz eq

1 oz eq

1 oz eq

Whole grain-rich, enriched or fortified cooked breakfast cereal9, cereal grain, and/or pasta

¼ cup

¼ cup

½ cup

½ cup

Flakes or rounds

½ cup

½ cup

1 cup

1 cup

Puffed cereal

¾ cup

¾ cup

1 ¼ cup

1 ¼ cup

Granola

cup

cup

¼ cup

¼ cup

1 Select two of the five components for a reimbursable snack. Only one of the two components may be a beverage.

2 Larger portion sizes than specified may need to be served to children 13 through 18 years old to meet their nutritional needs.

3 Must be unflavored whole milk for children age one. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent) or unflavored fat-free (skim) milk for children two through five years old. Must be unflavored low-fat (1 percent), unflavored fat-free (skim), or flavored fat-free (skim) milk for children six years old and older.

4 Alternate protein products must meet the requirements in Appendix A to Part 226.

5 Yogurt must contain no more than 23 grams of total sugars per 6 ounces.

6 Pasteurized full-strength juice may only be used to meet the vegetable or fruit requirement at one meal, including snack, per day.

7 At least one serving per day, across all eating occasions, must be whole grain-rich. Grain-based desserts do not count towards meeting the grains requirement.

8 Beginning October 1, 2019, ounce equivalents are used to determine the quantity of creditable grains.

9 Breakfast cereals must contain no more than 6 grams of sugar per dry ounce (no more than 21.2 grams sucrose and other sugars per 100 grams of dry cereal).

10 Beginning October 1, 2019, the minimum serving sizes specified in this section for ready-to-eat breakfast cereals must be served. Until October 1, 2019, the minimum serving size for any type of ready-to-eat breakfast cereals is ¼ cup for children ages 1-2; 1/3 cup for children ages 3-5; and ¾ cup for children ages 6-12.

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