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Coldwater Community Schools Chartwells Dining Services

What Makes a School Lunch?

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Minimum Quantities for Enhanced Food Based Lunch Menus:

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MEAL COMPONENT
 
MILK (as a beverage)
 
MEAT or MEAT ALTERNATE
 
Lean meat, poultry or fish
 
Cheese
 
Large Egg
 
Cooked dry beans or peas
 
Peanut Butter or other nut or seed butters
 
*Peanuts, soynuts, tree nuts or seeds (1 oz of nuts/seeds=1 oz of cooked lean meat, poultry or fish)
 
VEGETABLES/FRUITS (2 or more servings of different vegetables or fruits or both)
 
GRAINS/BREADS must be enriched or whole-grain.  A serving is a slice of bread or an equivalent serving of biscuits, rolls, etc., or 1/2 cup cooked rice, macaroni, noodles, other pasta products or cereal grains.

GRADES K-6

8 fluid ounces

 

2 ounces

2 ounces

1 egg

1/2 cup

4 tablespoons

 

1 oz = 50%

 

 

3/4 cup plus an extra 1/2 cup over the week 1

 

12 servings per week 1

 

Minimum of 1 per day 2

 

GRADES K-12

8 fluid ounces

 

2 ounces

2 ounces

1 egg

1/2 cup

4 tablespoons

 

1 oz = 50%

 

 

1 cup plus an extra 1/2 cup over the week 1

 

 

15 servings per week 1

 

Minimum of 1 per day 2

 

*No more than 50% of the meat/meat alternate requirment can be met with nuts and seeds, and must be used in combination with any of the above.

1 For the purposes of this chart, a week equals five days

2 Up to one grains/breads serving per day may be a dessert