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Nutrition and School Lunch Information

Tomball ISD operates the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program.  Both are federally funded programs.
 
What makes a school breakfast meal?
 
In order to qualify for the unit breakfast price, a student much choose a complete breakfast meal:
breakfast tray sample
Breakfast meal pattern consists of a minimum of three offered food item components:

• Fruit/Vegetable serving - must be selected as part of the meal
• Grains 
    • Some grain items count for 2 food item servings
    • Some grain items may also include a meat and count for 2 food item servings
• Fluid Milk (1% or fat-free white or fat-free flavored)
 
Under the guidelines of the School Breakfast Program for grades K-12, students must select 3 food items in the required serving sizes, one of which must be a ½ cup fruit or vegetable. Students may choose all components.

 
What makes a school lunch meal?
 
In order to qualify for the unit lunch price, a student much choose a complete lunch meal:
What Makes a Lunch graphic
Lunch meal pattern consists of five offered food components:
• Fruits
• Vegetables
• Grains
• Meats/Meat Alternates 
• Fluid Milk (1% or fat-free white or fat-free flavored)

Under the guidelines of the National School Lunch Program, students must take at least 3 components in
the required serving sizes. One of the selections must be ½ cup from either the fruit or vegetable component. Students may choose all 5 food components
 
Below are links to the actual USDA meal pattern guidelines for breakfast and lunch:
my plate introduction
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The New Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025
 
 
 
 
 
Below is a link to more information about the Dietary Guidelines for Americans for 2020-2025: