As a federal program under USDA regulations, our menus must meet the USDA meal pattern for lunch, shown below (1):


Grades K-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12
Fruits

2 1/2 cups/week
1/2 cup/day

2 1/2 cups/week
1/2 cup/day

5 cups/week
1 cup/day

Vegetables

3 3/4 cups/week
3/4 cup/day'

3 3/4 cups/week
3/4 cup/day'

5 cups/week
1 cup/day

Dark Green

1/2 cup/week

1/2 cup/week

1/2 cup/week

Red/Orange

3/4 cup/week

3/4 cup/week

1 1/4 cup/week

Beans/Peas

1/2 cup/week

1/2 cup/week

1/2 cup/week

Starchy

1/2 cup/week

1/2 cup/week

1/2 cup/week

Other

1/2 cup/week

1/2 cup/week

3/4 cup/week

Additional

1 cup/week

1 cup/week

1 1/2 cup/week

Grains*

≥8 oz eq^ / week
≥1 oz eq^ / day

≥8 oz eq^ / week
≥1 oz eq^ / day

≥10 oz eq^ / week
≥2 oz eq^ / day

Meat/Meat Alternate

≥8 oz eq^ / week
≥1 oz eq^ / day

≥9 oz eq^ / week
≥1 oz eq^ / day

≥10 oz eq^ / week
≥2 oz eq^ / day

Milk

5 cups/week
1 cup/day

5 cups/week
1 cup/day

5 cups/week
1 cup/day

*All grains offered must be whole grain

^ An "oz eq" is defined by the USDA Food Buying Guide

' All Hamilton County students are offered 1 cup vegetable each day for a total of 5 cups per week


Additionally, the menus must meet specific nutrient standards (1). The following are calculated with a weekly, weighted average, where items that students choose more often weighing more into the analysis than those chosen less frequently.


Grades K-5 Grades 6-8 Grades 9-12

Min-Max Calories (kcal)

550-650 600-700 750-850

Saturated Fat (% of total calories)

< 10 < 10 <10
Sodium (mg) <1230 <1360
Trans Fat All labels must indicate 0g All labels must indicate 0g All labels must indicate 0g

References

(1) Food and Nutrition Services. United States Department of Agriculture. "Final Rule Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs". Jan 2012.

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To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.