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TABLE G-1 Reimbursable Lunch: Standards for Food Components as Offered as Served

As Offered

As Served

  • One fluid milk

  • One meat/meat alternate

  • Two vegetable/fruit

  • One grain/bread

Senior high school level: students must select three of the five items

Grades below senior high school levela: students must select either three or four of the five items

(Total= five items)

aOffer versus serve is optional below the senior high school level.

SOURCE: USDA, 2007b.

TABLE G-2 Reimbursable Lunch: Standards for Amounts of Food Items for Age-Grade Groups

Food Component or food item

Traditional Approach

Optional, Grades 7–12

Enhanced Approach

Optional, Grades K–3

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements

Preschool

Grades K–3

Grades 4–12a

Preschool

Grades K–6

Grades 7–12

Fluid milk (as a beverage)

6 fluid oz

8 fluid oz

8 fluid oz

8 fluid oz

6 fluid oz

8 fluid oz

8 fluid oz

8 fluid oz

Meat/meat alternate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lean meat, poultry, or fish

1½ oz

1½ oz

2 oz

3 oz

1½ oz

2 oz

2 oz

1½ oz

Alternate Protein Productsb

1½ oz

1½ oz

2 oz

3 oz

1½ oz

2 oz

2 oz

1½ oz

Cheese

1½ oz

1½ oz

2 oz

3 oz

1½ oz

2 oz

2 oz

1½ oz

Large egg

¾

¾

1

¾

1

1

¾

Cooked dry beans or peas

⅜ cup

⅜ cup

½ cup

¾ cup

⅜ cup

½ cup

½ cup

⅜ cup

Peanut butter, other nuts, or seed butters

3 tbsp

3 tbsp

4 tbsp

6 tbsp

3 tbsp

4 tbsp

4 tbsp

3 tbsp

Yogurt, plain or flavored, unsweetened or sweetened

6 oz or ¾ cup

6 oz or ¾ cup

8 oz or 1 cup

12 oz or 1 ½ cups

6 oz or ¾ cup

8 oz or 1 cup

8 oz or 1 cup

6 oz or ¾ cup



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