NEW!! USDA Meal Patterns
June 12, 2012
In order to efficiently respond to requests for the New Meal Planning Tools, we have included the Iowa Menu Planning Tools in Excel Workbook format for downloading. This is the tool that was used to create the 4-Week Menu Cycle distributed at the May 2012 Meal Pattern Workshop. Be sure to print off the Read Only Instructions for this Excel Workbook, download this workbook to your desktop before beginning menu planning.
I. NEW LUNCH MEAL PATTERN GUIDANCE:
ADE Commissioner's Memos Regarding Meal Pattern Changes:
Food Crediting Change for Formulated Grain Fruit Products in the School Breakfast Program – Effective SY 2012-2013
- Crediting of Fruit Smoothies in USDA Reimbursable Meals
- Frozen Fruit Products for School Meals
- Grain Requirements for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast
Programs – Additional Information on New Meal Pattern Implementation -
School Year 2012-2013
- SY 2012-2013 Allowable Competitive Foods/Beverages and Maximum PortionSize List
- Crediting Tofu and Soy Yogurt Products for School Meals
- New Meal Patterns - The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010
- Water Availability in National School Lunch Program Federal Requirement
II. LUNCH MENU PLANNING TOOLS:
Iowa Menu Planning Tools in Excel Workbook format
- See workbook tabs for grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. (This is the tool that ADE CNU used to create the 4-week menu cycle distributed at the May 2012 Meal Pattern Workshop. Be sure to print off the Read Only Instructions for this Excel Workbook, download this workbook to the desktop before beginning menu planning)
Meal Pattern and Menu Planning - ADE May 2012 Workshop: (for review of Meal Pattern and for teaching child nutrition managers and workers about meal pattern)
* Blank Food Production Records:
III. SAMPLE MENUS FOR LUNCH BY GRADE COMBINATIONS
Four Week Sample Menu Cycle - Using New USDA Meal Patterns Instructions
All Menu Recipes can be printed either for entire day or individually.
To Print Recipes: For one day - Click on Monday, Tuesday, etc.
For individual recipes - click on each recipe
Then Print out document
The Menu Cycles have been planned using the Grade Group Combinations and analyzed with the NutriKids© Software current as of June 2012 by ADE Child Nutrition Unit Staff. The Menu Cycles for Each Grade Combination meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) new meal pattern standards effective July 1, 2012 for reimbursable lunches. School districts or schools opting to use these Menus must use the Menus, Recipes as produced and Product Descriptions for purchase of pre-prepared items that are found on each day of the week.
Menus as planned within the five day week average to the correct calorie requirements by grade group. These menus are not formulated for portions of a week such as holiday weeks, etc. While days within the same week can be exchanged for example: Tuesday’s Menu with Thursday’s Menu, no changes are to be made between the weeks since the calculations are for the average over a week of menus.
There is difference between these online cycle menus and the sample cycle menus provided in the booklet at the May 2012 Workshop with regard to the condiments, etc. have been added and are part of the analysis for each day in the cycle.
Sample Menu Analysis (K-5) Week1 Monday thru Friday
Sample Menu Analysis (K-5) Week2 Monday thru Friday
Sample Menu Analysis (K-5) Week3 Monday thru Friday
Sample Menu Analysis (K-5) Week4 Monday thru Friday
Sample Menu Analysis (K-5) Week 5 Monday thru Friday
Sample Menu Analysis (6-8) Week 1 Monday thru Friday
For each week of the Four Week Cycle for the specific grade combination, please click on Each Menu Week to find the following information:
• Menu Analysis for the Day, example K-5 Menus for Week I, and Monday, Day I.
• Recipes for the Menu Items for the Day, example K-5 For Week 1 (provide example)
• Recipe Analysis for the specific Recipe Example, above.
• Product Description for menu items that must be purchased by school/district is part of the recipes, IF they are pre-prepared and a combination of food components.
Food Production Record Forms
Food Production Records Must Be Completed by Local School District for each Menu Cycle for each Day of the Week. Remember that all Food Production Records must be calculated and completed by the school manager or district child nutrition director. All Completed Food Production Records must be on file in order to claim reimbursement for all meals served each day.
RESOURCES FOR MENU PLANNING
* United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):
Technical Assistance and Guidance Materials:
* Texas Department of Agriculture - Child Nutrition Programs - Shared Resources:
USDA Website and other related resources