School menu plans modified for next fall

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Services is offering additional flexibility in school lunch menu planning for school year 2013.

The flexibility offered to schools is the maximum amount of grains and meat/meat alternates. Menus must still meet the calorie requirements. The suspending of the grain and meat/meat alternate maximum will allow schools to make a smoother transition to the new meal pattern and will allow vendors to make available the best product they can, for the best price. The goal is to provide an excellent, nutritious menu for the students at the best price possible.

For the remainder of this school year, the maximum requirement for these two components has been suspended, giving districts and vendors additional time to obtain products to meet the new menu requirements. USDA understands this is a transition year for districts and vendors.

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