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State & Federal Meal Planning Mandates

Meal Patterns for School Nutrition Programs

Meal Patterns for School Nutrition Preschool Lunch Programs


Cafeteria Mandates

Our school cafeterias are meeting tough federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students with all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school lunch! Meals are a great value at $2.65 at the elementary schools, $2.90 at the middle schools, and $3.15 at the high school. School lunch is a huge convenience for busy families too! Breakfast is also available at Newington High School and Martin Kellogg Middle School for $1.25 or $1.50, there is no cost for breakfast for eligible free and reduced students.


The federal requirements (implemented September 2012) include strict limits on the calories, saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium in school meals. We are meeting these nutrition standards by offering students a selection of low-fat and fat-free milk, larger portions of colorful fruits and vegetables, and a variety of whole grains and lean protein choices.


All lunches include five meal components:

  • A meat or meat alternative such as yogurt, lean beef, chicken, or low-fat cheese;

  • A grain such as whole-wheat bread or brown rice;

  • A fresh, dried, or canned fruit selection;

  • Raw or cooked vegetables in a variety of colors; and

  • Low-fat or fat-free milk selections.


At lunch, each child must select at least three of these five components on their tray to make a meal, including a fruit or vegetable. Declining two out of the five meal components does not change the cost of the meal. Children must select a fruit or a vegetable with their lunch every day. Preschool students must take all five meal components and are not permitted to decline any of the components. Students that do not take a fruit or vegetable will be charged a la carte pricing which is set higher to encourage students to select a more nutritionally balanced meal.


All breakfasts include four food items from three meal components:

  • A grain such as a whole-grain bagel, cereal, or muffin;

  • A fresh, dried, or canned fruit selection;

  • Low-fat or fat-free milk; and

  • An additional fruit or grain (meat or meat alternative such as low-fat cheese or yogurt may be substituted for one grain).


At breakfast, each child must select at least three food items on their tray to make a meal., including a fruit. Declining a food item does not change the cost of the meal. Children must select a fruit with their breakfast every day. Students that do not take a fruit will be charged a la carte pricing which is set higher to encourage students to select a more nutritionally balanced meal.


Our district will be encouraging students to try the new foods offered this school year. We are also asking for your help. Please explain these changes with your child. Every student needs to be prepared to select at least one fruit or vegetable with their lunch every day and one fruit with their breakfast. We are planning our menus to include selections we know students like, as well as many different foods they may not have tried before. Please encourage your child to try these new foods. FREE SAMPLES are available upon request. They might just find a new favorite!


We look forward to serving your child this school year and we welcome your feedback regarding our menus and selections. We are always working to offer Newington students healthier and tastier choices.