Health Enhancement and Safety

Clarification for new flexibility for menu planning in the National School Lunch

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 1:41 pm

The USDA released policy memo SP11-2013 on December 7, 2012 to update the guidance on the grain and meat/meat alternate maximums for school year 2012-13.  The USDA is allowing flexibility for districts in menu planning and for state agencies in monitoring compliance with the new meal patterns, specifically in regard to the grain and meat/meat alternate maximums.  As reported in the USDA memo, any district is "compliant with the component requirements for grains and meat/meat alternates if the menu is compliant with the daily and weekly minimums for these two components, regardless of whether they have exceeded the maximums for the same components. Please note that menus must still be in compliance with the calorie ranges.

For more information, contact School Nutrition Programs, 406-444-2501